Why Health Research?

Description: Health has been defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease” (World Health Organization). It is not surprising, therefore, that good health is high on the list of aspirations of people everywhere. And it is appropriate that health is recognized as a human right in a wide range of global conventions and treaties, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in national constitutions and policy. As a consequence, policy-makers everywhere have a fundamental responsibility to protect and promote the health of the individuals and populations they serve. It is also in their best interests, as neglect of health care and of public health is becoming an increasingly important reason for changes in government in democratic countries.

Authors: Carel IJsselmuiden, Stephen Matlin


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