Top 10 neglected health issues of 2005

Avian influenza top health issue of 2005, tobacco most neglected issue

Director-General and senior management


Is it the integration of economic,globalization definition political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it the dominance of developed countries in decision-making, at the expense of poorer, less powerful nations? Is a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights? Does globalization only benefit the rich or can the poor take advantage of it to improve their well-being?

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It is striking that no matter where you are from, how your circumstances differ, you care about the same health issues. Respondents to our survey from China to Nigeria to the United States of America had almost identical concerns. It is also notable that the top issues and the neglected issues were also roughly the same - perhaps reflecting that all these issues are important, but you think some require more attention. Finally, the issues you care about are also issues the World Health Organization (WHO) has been tackling in 2005, and will continue to work on.

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The results are now in. Over 600 people from more than 20 countries took part in our online survey entitled "How healthy is your world?". You were asked two questions: what were the top health issues of 2005 and, what global health issues were the most neglected.

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