Extracts from Targets for Health for All

Summary of the updated edition (September 1991)

World Health Organisation Regional
Office for Europe, Copenhagen.

Target 6 Healthy Ageing

By the year 2000 life expectancy at birth n the Region should be at least 75 years and there should be a sustained and continuing improvement in the health of all people aged 65 years and over.

This target aims at achieving:

an increase in life expectancy at birth to at least 67 years for men and 74 years for women in every country in the Region;
a reduction by at least 25% in the differences in life expectancy at birth among geographical areas and socioeconomic groups and between the sexes;
an increase in the number of years people aged 65 and over live free from disability, and an improvement in the quality of their lives.

It can be achieved by implementing strategies that:

encourage full and active participation of the elderly in community life;
prolong the period of healthy aging through lifestyle changes and supportive environments;
provide appropriate services and support to elderly people in need.

Target 8 Health of women

By the year 2000, there should be sustained and continuing improvement in the health of all women.

This target aims at achieving:

a reduction in maternal mortality to less than 15 per 100,000 live births;
a substantial reduction in health problems that are unique to women;
a substantial reduction in health problems of women related to their socioeconomic status and the burden of their multiple roles;
a substantial reduction in the incidence and adverse health consequences of sexual harassment, domestic violence and rape;
sustained support for women providing informal health care;
a reduction of at least 25% in the differences in maternal mortality rates between geographical areas and socioeconomic groups.
It can be achieved by implementing strategies that pay special attention to women’s health;
provide improved support and care during pregnancy, including the balanced use of perinatal technology;
accordingly make significant changes in the social environment and in lifestyle patterns.

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