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Availability of Computerized Health Information Database from World Health Organization, European Region

As part of the international objectives for health for all by the year 2000 (HFA) (1,2), the World Health Organization, European Region (WHO-Europe) developed 38 specific regional HFA targets for that region (3). To monitor progress toward this strategy, WHO-Europe has developed several health-related statistical and textual databases that provide information from the 32 European member states.

The databases are being further developed and adapted with member states to make them more relevant to their users. They allow rapid retrieval of information by each regional objective, as well as by keywords and subject area. The following databases are currently available: Statistical -- Health for All Indicator Database, Food and Health Indicator Database, and AIDS Surveillance Database; Textual -- Health Legislation Database and Documentation Retrieval Database. All can be accessed through on-line telecommunications.

Additional information is available from WHO Regional Office for Europe, 8 Scherfigsvej, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark; telephone 45 39 17 17 17; telex 15 348 who dk; fax 45 31 18 11 20.


  1. WHO. Alma-Ata 1978: primary health care. Geneva: WHO, 1978. (Health for All series no. 1).

  2. WHO. Global strategy for Health for All by the year 2000. Geneva: WHO, 1981. (Health for All series no. 3).

  3. WHO. Targets for Health for All. Copenhagen: WHO Office for Europe, 1985.

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