Improving Equity in Health by Addressing Social Determinants – WHO – 2011

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Improving Equity in Health by Addressing Social Determinants – WHO – 2011

Edited by: The Commission on Social Determinants of Health Knowledge Networks, Jennifer H. Lee and Ritu Sadana
ISBN 978 92 4 150303 7

Extracts from the Preface

“During its tenure, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health focused on nine broad areas that contain within them major determinants of health. To support this work, theWorld Health Organization (WHO) invited leading academics, practitioners and advocates from a variety of disciplines and sectors to participate in Knowledge Networks (KN): early child development, employment conditions, globalization, women and gender equity, urban settings, priority public health conditions, measurement and evidence, social exclusion, and health systems. More than 350 individuals from around the world contributed to a tremendous body of literature for the

“In September 2011, WHO organized theWorld Conference on Social Determinants of Health, hosted by the Government of Brazil. Participating Member States adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health pledging to work towards reducing health inequities by taking action on five core areas:
adopt better governance for health and development
promote participation in policy-making and implementation
reorient the health sector towards reducing health inequities
strengthen global governance and collaboration
monitor progress and increase accountability.

Actions to reduce health inequities using methods consistent with these principles are synthesized across this book. There is a renewed commitment to achieve health equity and now is the opportunity to act.”


1. Strengthening efforts to improve health equity
2. Globalization: the global marketplace and social determinants of health
3. Gender inequity in health
4. Social exclusion and health inequalities: definitions, policies and actions
5. Early child development: a powerful equilizer
6. Urban settings: our cities, our health, our future
7. Employment and working conditions as health determinants
8. Challenging inequity through health systems
9. Reducing health inequities through public health programmes
10. Measuring the social determinants of health: theoretical and empirical challenges
11. The way forward: acting on the evidence and filling knowledge gaps”


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