Carlo Favaretti

The WHO European Region faces new challenges in public health including epidemiological and demographic changes, an increase in lifestyle-related chronic diseases and the application of new technologies that push the boundaries of what can be achieved through health interventions. The Region’s countries are also burdened with disparities in the health threats they face and in their capacities to overcome them.

The aim of public health professionals, organizations and services is to protect health, prevent disease and promote the health and well-being of the whole community. This begins with an effort to understand why some communities are healthier than others, or why some communities have a greater prevalence of some diseases. Some public health problems are relatively new, such as widespread obesity and diabetes, and they interplay with the dynamic factors affecting public health, including health inequalities, lifestyle risk factors, demographic change, globalization and technological advances.

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