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Action on the Social Determinants of Health: learning from previous experiences

World Health Organization (2010) Action on the Social Determinants of Health: learning from previous experiences. Discussion Paper. WHO Document Production Services, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Today an unprecedented opportunity exists to improve health in some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities by tackling the root causes of disease and health inequalities. The most powerful of these causes are the social conditions in which people live and work, referred to as the social determinants of health (SDH). The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shape the current global development agenda. The MDGs recognize the interdependence of health and social conditions and present an opportunity to promote health policies that tackle the social roots of unfair and avoidable human suffering. The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) is poised for leadership in this process. To reach its objectives, however, the CSDH must learn from the history of previous attempts to spur action on SDH. This paper pursues three questions: (1) Why didn’t previous efforts to promote health policies on social determinants succeed? (2) Why do we think the CSDH can do better? (3) What can the Commission learn from previous experiences – negative and positive – that can increase its chances for success?

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Item Type: Report Document or other Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: health inequalities, social determinants of health,
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Health Equity > Bioethics
Health > Global Health
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Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2011 20:09
Last Modified: 19 May 2011 11:22
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2399

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