Securing a healthy future
Problems caused by numerous endemic diseases
and poor health systems infrastructure are features common to
many developing countries. They lead to high mortality rates for
children and adults compared to other parts of the world, and
severely reduce quality of life for all.
The EU's Fifth Framework Programme worked at
a number of levels to improve the health of people through targeted
research projects. A range of themes were covered from research
on health policy, developing drugs, vaccines and diagnostic products
to biological, clinical and epidemiological aspects of disease
In past programmes, INCO health research concentrated
on battling against classical tropical diseases, and important
work continues here. But its role has been expanded in recent
years to incorporate a more global approach to health issues.
Social and economic aspects are addressed - such as poverty -
and many projects now cover health systems and health policy research.
The EU's concerted drive to address the problems of malaria, tuberculosis,
and AIDS/HIV is also reflected in INCO's work priorities and calls
through accompanying measures.