Better health by cure and prevention
Improving health care in societies undergoing
rapid change has been a primary focus of international research
co-operation (INCO and INCO 2 programmes). Much of the work in
this sector has sought to find solutions to health problems related
to the political and economic reform process which so many NIS
and CEEC states are going through.
Therefore, objectives include analysing, comparing
and assessing information which can be used to drive research
to help produce more efficient health care systems, both in terms
of management policy and finance. There is also a move to improve
public health via work-related and occupational health research,
prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, and supporting
epidemiological research potential.
Some health difficulties faced by these countries
stem from environmental factors such as the adverse effect of
pollutants (including radiation) on populations. Projects dealing
with this offer a cross-sectoral approach, harnessing industrial
technologies and improvements in environmental and public protection.
And new studies are being carried out examining how environmental
factors affect child growth and birth defects.