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Including Amendments Adopted up to 31 December 2000
2001, iv + 184 pages [Ar, C, E, F, R, S]
ISBN 92 4 165043 5
Sw.fr. 20.-/US $18.00; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 14.-
Order no. 1210043
Contains essential documents of the World Health Organization, including the Constitution, Rules of Procedure of the World Health Assembly and of the Executive Board, Regulations for Expert Advisory Panels and Committees and for Study and Scientific Groups, and Financial and Staff Regulations. Updated to 31 December 2000, the document also includes the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, agreements with the United Nations and with other agencies, and the principles governing relations with nongovernmental organizations. A list of members and associate members of WHO and the Statute of the International Agency for Research on Cancer are appended.
Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences
Organization, Activities, Members
CIOMS 1994, 90 pages [E]
ISBN 92 9036 058 5
Sw.fr. 10.-/US $9.00; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 7.-
Order no. 1840017
An introduction to the functions and activities of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS). The book opens with a brief description of the evolution of CIOMS to its present concern with the impact of biomedical progress on society, including a number of controversial problems in the field of bioethics, health policy, medical education, technology transfer, and drug development and safety assessment. A summary of recent activities, including several long-term projects, shows the ways in which CIOMS is using its international position and coordinating functions to tackle a number of important problems. These range from the establishment of guiding principles for ethical human and animal research to the standardization of medical terminology. A directory of CIOMS members is included.
Partner in Health in the Eastern Mediterranean 1949-1989
edited by A. Manuila
EMRO 1991, xx + 570 pages [E]
ISBN 92 9021 140 7
Sw.fr. 30.-/US $27.00; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 21.-
Order no. 1460009
A detailed, illustrated history of the work of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean over the past four decades. Drawing upon a wide range of published and unpublished sources, the book tells the story of successes and failures, changing patterns of disease and evolving health strategies in a part of the world undergoing rapid development. The book marks the first time that the history of international health work in this area has been fully recorded and interpreted.
The book contains 28 chapters presented in three main parts. The first traces the history and evolution of WHO and EMRO, moving from the origins of international health cooperation to the challenges and priorities that characterized health work during the 1980s. Chapters in the second part concentrate on the special health problems of Eastern Mediterranean countries. These range from the plight of the Palestinian refugees to health regulations governing the Mecca pilgrimage. Other topics include the special problem of traditional practices that harm women and children, efforts to combat prejudice against the mentally ill, and the new health problems created by changing lifestyles. The final part explains how the Regional Office operates, in partnership with a vast number of individuals and institutions, to contribute to the global work of WHO.
Forty Years of WHO in Europe
The Development of a Common Health Policy
WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 40
1991, xi + 135 pages [E, F, G*]
ISBN 92 890 1303 6
Sw.fr. 24.-/US $21.60; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 16.80
Order no. 1310040
A chronological account of milestones in the history of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, moving from 1948 to 1990. In selecting events for analysis, the author concentrates on developments that help explain how the countries of Europe were able to reach consensus on health objectives and strategies despite considerable political differences. The author served as the WHO Regional Director for Europe from 1967 to 1985.
The history, which begins with the reconstruction of health services in war-devastated Europe, covers a period that saw the secession and readmission of the socialist countries, tensions between the two Germany's, and the admission of Israel to the European Region. Concerning health and disease, the history moves from the elimination of malaria and the control of tuberculosis and cholera, through an epidemic of deaths from heart attacks, to the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The period also saw the introduction of the WHO goal of "health for all by the year 2000", a concept initially ridiculed as utopian or irrelevant.
The author regards the European-wide agreement on 38 specific, time-linked targets for improving public health as one of the most important achievements. His personal behind-the-scenes account reveals the magnitude of this achievement, especially in view of the great political differences that existed at that time. A concluding chapter summarizes current WHO activities that are helping to create better health conditions and more humane health care, while also promoting the concept of preventive medicine and encouraging healthier life-styles.
Handbook of Resolutions and Decisions of the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board
Volume III, Third Edition (1985-1992)
38th to 45th World Health Assemblies
75th to 90th Sessions of the Executive Board
1993, xv + 269 pages [Ar, C, E, F, R, S]
ISBN 92 4 165209 8
Sw.fr. 18.-/US $16.20; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 12.60
Order no. 1223003
Records the texts of resolutions and decisions adopted during the 38th to 45th World Health Assemblies and the 75th to 90th sessions of the Executive Board, the two governing bodies of the World Health Organization. These resolutions and decisions direct the work of WHO and shape the Organization's policies and priorities, whether on an overall strategy, a specific disease such as poliomyelitis or AIDS, or matters of finance and administration. The handbook groups resolutions and decisions according to topic, making it possible to follow the evolution of related resolutions and decisions. Resolutions and decisions of an ephemeral nature, including purely procedural decisions, are not included in the handbook.
Ninth General Programme of Work Covering the Period 1996-2001
Health for All Series, No. 11
1994, iv + 61 pages [Ar, C, E, F, R, S]
ISBN 92 4 180011 9
Sw.fr. 10.-/US $9.00; in developing countries: Sw.fr. 7.-
Order no. 1130011
Establishes a framework of health goals, targets, priorities, and policies that should guide world action and the work of WHO during the period 1996-2001. The book is the third and last of the general programmes that together cover the period of the Global Strategy for Health for All by the year 2000. While the ninth general programme builds on many improvements in health care and health status, inequalities in health conditions and services are identified as a cause for growing alarm, particularly in the least developed countries.
The book has three chapters. The first summarizes the global health situation. A profile of demographic, social and economic trends is followed by facts and figures indicating mortality and morbidity from major diseases, balanced against data on such key determinants of health as adequate nutrition, safe drinking-water and adequate sanitation, literacy, and access to family planning services.
Against this background, the second and most extensive chapter establishes a global policy framework based on ten general goals, each supported by more specific targets, to be reached by the year 2001. Since substantial increases in the resources available for health care are judged highly unlikely, these goals and targets express what can be achieved in view of previous experience, current scientific and technical knowledge, available skills and technology, and a realistic estimate of the technical, financial and material resources needed for action. Examples of targets include an infant mortality rate that does not exceed 50 per 1000 live births, a 50% reduction in the prevalence rate for severe and moderate malnutrition in children under five, a 20% reduction in malaria mortality in at least 75% of affected countries, and the eradication of poliomyelitis and guinea-worm disease. The chapter also identifies four policy orientations that should guide international health work through the turn of the century. Each policy orientation is characterized in terms of the main goals for world action and the corresponding priorities for the work of WHO. The final chapter, on general principles for programme management, defines six major managerial tasks that will shape WHO programmes at a time when the Organization is undergoing a process of fundamental reform.