Navigation Links
Countries undergoing economic change urged to limit social and health costs for populations
Date:1/15/2009

Countries seeking to make massive changes in the way their economies are run, for example by privatising formerly state-run sectors, must take into account the potential impact of such changes on people's health, experts warn today.

The warning comes after a study of former countries of the Soviet Union, including Russia, that underwent privatisation programmes in the 1990s, following the collapse of communism, revealed how the process coincided with large increases in male mortality in some countries. The findings are published in the Lancet Online First today.

The authors, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, analysed mortality rates in working aged men (15-69 years) in post-communist countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1989 and 2002. They found that mass privatisation programmes were associated with a rise in short-term adult male mortality rates of 12.8%. They suggest that unemployment, which rose by 56% during this period, was probably a key factor.

The five countries that experienced the highest rise in male mortality were Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Between them they saw unemployment triple (by 305%) and male mortality rise by 42%. These five countries implemented 'shock' rapid privatisation, but other countries which adopted slower rates of change fared much better.

Those that adopted a more gradual rate of change fared much better. The five best-performing countries were Albania, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia which saw a 10% fall in male mortality and only a 2% rise in unemployment. In addition to unemployment, other factors which were found to be associated with a rise in male mortality rates were stress, a decrease in the quality of healthcare (which had previously been provided by workplaces), rising social inequalities, social disorganisation and increased corruption.

Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, co-author of the study, comments: 'The implications of this study are clear for countries such as China and India, which are starting to privatise large, state-owned sectors. The countries which phased in the changes gradually, and developed appropriate institutions aimed at helping workers to adjust, did not see these huge rises in male deaths. We found that when 45% of the population were members of at least one social organisation, then there was no longer a significant association between privatisation and male mortality'.

David Stuckler, the lead author, from Oxford university, comments 'This study helps us to understand the crucial consequences for health of the economic choices made by governments'.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gemma Howe
gemma.howe@lshtm.ac.uk
020-792-72802
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. U.S. Continues to Lag Behind European Countries in Teen Sexual Health - Cleveland Sex Ed Initiative Takes Promising Science-Based Approach
2. The Buzz And Bite Malaria Prevention Campaign Is In Use In 50 Countries
3. Higher rates of mental illness among the homeless in Western countries
4. International workshop aims to boost public engagement work in developing countries
5. Established EU Countries Healthier Than Newcomers
6. Radiation Oncology Experts from 16 Countries Attend Technical University of Munich's International Conference on TomoTherapy
7. Campaign to End Fistula Quadruples In Size, Reaching Over 45 Countries, Says New Report
8. International Implementation of Breast Health Guidelines for Developing Countries Published by Cancer
9. Operations research promises continued gains for HIV treatment in resource-limited countries
10. Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
11. Researcher say that ICSI may be over-used in some countries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... , ... March 28, 2017 , ... ... plans work, the Self-Funding Success website has recently developed and published an informational ... Plans ” was created based on common inquiries the site’s team of third ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... , ... A minimally invasive porcelain veneer is increasing in ... of Dental Laboratories (NADL) is informing dentists about the benefits of minimally invasive ... laboratories and technicians that create these veneers. , According to National Board ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... , ... March 28, 2017 , ... Public relations pros ... across a variety of business channels. , While many results are clear, much of ... relations program. , When it comes to measurement, firms should always take an ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley Hair Institute, the San Francisco ... blog post about women’s hair loss. Although hair transplant procedures can be seen as ... Menopause or genetics can be two reasons a woman may see her hair thinning. ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) , ... March 28, ... ... high levels of job satisfaction in their profession as their value increases in ... a company that provides resources such as job boards, career fairs, and candidate ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... TEL AVIV, Israel , March 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... Israel . This new business entity, Emosis Ltd, headquartered ... to research and development of novel assays complementing the mother company ... relevant, locally support commercialization and sales development of Emosis kits. ... This strategic move starts ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... FRANCISCO , March 28, 2017 ...  is expected to reach a value of USD 4.5 ... Grand View Research, Inc. Proper closure of injured tissues ... structure and function. Postoperative leakages occur in 3% to ... complication. They are responsible for one third of postoperative ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017 Summary This report ... and its partnering interests and activities since 2010. Description ... in-depth insight into the partnering activity of one of the ... reports are prepared upon purchase to ensure inclusion of the ... The report will be delivered in PDF format within 1 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: