Investing in health will produce enormous benefits.
Today osteoporosis affects more than 75 million people in the United States Europe and Japan and causes more than 2.3 million fractures in the USA and Europe alone.
An important lever for sustained action in tackling poverty and reducing hunger is money.
During my nearly five years as director-general of WHO high-level policymakers have increasingly recognized that health is central to sustainable development.
Health is the core of human development.
Intervention for the prevention and control of osteoporosis should comprise a combination of legislative action educational measures health service activities media coverage and individual counselling to initiate changes in behaviour.
Since the reduction of risk factors is the scientific basis for primary prevention the World Health Organization promotes the development of an integrated strategy for prevention of several diseases rather than focusing on individual ones.
That the AIDS pandemic is threatening sustainable development in Africa only reinforces the reality that health is at the center of sustainable development.
The dual scourge of hunger and malnutrition will be truly vanquished not only when granaries are full but also when people’s basic health needs are met and women are given their rightful role in societies.
This is a historic moment in global public health demonstrating the international will to tackle a threat to health head on.
This syndrome SARS is now a worldwide health threat… The world needs to work together to find its cause cure the sick and stop its spread.
Women’s health is one of WHO’s highest priorities.
More than ever before there is a global understanding that long-term social economic and environmental development would be impossible without healthy families communities and countries.
You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.
Contaminated food is a major cause of diarrhea substantially contributing to malnutrition and killing about 2.2 million people each year most of them children.
The development of the food industry for both domestic and export markets relies on a regulatory framework that both protects the consumer and assures fair trading practices in food.
A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development especially in developing countries.
Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking excessive alcohol consumption little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.
We are also in the process of defining how best to work together with food and other companies to address diet and physical activity factors in order to prevent chronic diseases.