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The World Health Report 2000: World Health Organization health policy steering off course-changed values, poor evidence, and ...

[The World Health Report 2000: World Health Organization health policy steering off course-changed values, poor evidence, and lack of accountability.]
International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation. 
32
(3): 
503-514; 
2002. 
(English). 
[Record Source: PubMed]
The World Health Report 2000 on health systems has raised concerns about its political biases, its methods and indicators, and its lack of reliable data. Tracing the origins of the Report, this article argues that it counteracts many of the concerns that gave rise to preparation of the Report in the first place. The mutually agreed-upon value-base, expressed in the Health for All strategy, has been largely abandoned. The Report includes contradictory messages, and many of its recommendations are not evidence-based. Furthermore, the ranking of countries according to their health systems' performance is not useful for health-policy-making, even if the methods and data could be improved. Because the member states and governing bodies of the WHO were not consulted during the production of the Report, the WHO secretariat has not received a mandate to change the value-base of the WHO's health policy or the aims of the Report. The WHO should return to its mandate as a normative intergovernmental U.N. agency on health.
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ISSN0020-7314