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Health of EU neighbours

6th July 2006

A new book from the World Health Organization,  '10 Health Questions about the New EU Neighbours', provides an insight into the health care systems of 12 countries on the European Union’s eastern and southern borders.

The 248-page book gives basic information for each of the countries, which includes Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

The book aims to give a quicker overview for both national and international policy makers, as well as the health authorities themselves.

Among the information included is their demography, prevalent diseases, and health risks, and an insight on how the country’s health sector is being reformed, organised, and financed.
A similar book, which gave information on the 10 countries that joined the European Union in May 2004, proved useful for the Department of Health, which bought a large number of copies for use with the forthcoming British presidency of the EU, as well as helping its EU awareness training programme. 

Author Albena Arnaudova, said she had decided not to include information on obesity, physical activity, and nutrition, because of the poor quality of available data.
The information provided shows a range of care levels – with death rates from heart disease and cancer varying widely.

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