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Health ministers from across Europe meet in Copenhagen to discuss WHO health agenda

Press release EURO/14/02
Copenhagen, 12 September 2002
Ministers and other high-level health decision-makers from the 51 Member States in the WHO European Region1   will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark from 16 to 19 September for the fifty-second session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.

The more than 300 delegates attending the session are expected to discuss a number of key issues, including the link between poverty and ill health; the epidemiological trends in major communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria; and the scaling up of action for a tobacco-free Europe. The European health report 2002,2 which provides an overview of the status and determinants of health in the Region and identifies areas for public health action, will provide evidence-based information for the Committee's discussions.

Poverty and health will be high on the agenda of this Regional Committee session. Recognizing the overwhelming evidence of the close relationship between poverty and ill health and the responsibility of health systems to improve the health of the poor, the WHO Regional Office for Europe has gathered and analysed information on action taken in Member States to alleviate poverty and improve the health of poor people. A collection of case studies, entitled Poverty and health – Evidence and action in WHO's 
European Region,  will be discussed at the session. This is one of the first attempts to evaluate how health systems can improve the health of the poor and marginalized groups in society. The case studies come from ten countries, in both the eastern and western parts of the Region.

Both political and financial commitment is needed from the international community and Member States to confront the spread of communicable diseases. Rates of tuberculosis, a classic disease of poverty, have increased by 60% in the Region in the last ten years. The crisis caused by multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is worsening. The highest levels in the world of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis among new cases are found in Estonia (14.7%), Latvia (9%) and the Russian Federation (9%). In addition, HIV/AIDS is continuing to spread; 1.56 million people in the Region were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2001, compared with 420 000 only two years before. Further, over 21 000 people suffered from malaria in 2001.

The adoption of the European Strategy for Tobacco Control at this session of the Regional Committee is expected to be a significant step forward. The Strategy was developed following the call of the Warsaw Declaration, which was adopted by the WHO European Ministerial Conference for a Tobacco-free Europe, held in February 2002 in Poland. The Strategy sets out directions for action in the Region, to be carried out through national policies and legislation. It provides mechanisms and tools for international cooperation. The Strategy will also help Europe provide support for a strong global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

For more information contact:
Ms Liuba Negru
Press and Media Relations
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Scherfigsvej 8, DK-2100 Copenhagen ?, Denmark
Tel.: +45 39 17 13 44; fax: +45 39 17 18 80; e-

1 Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 
Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Yugoslavia.

2 Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2002 (WHO Regional Publications, European Series, No. 97).

3 Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2002 (EUR/RC52/8), available on the Regional Office Web site.

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