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Interim Statement of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health 2007

World Health Organization: “The Interim Statement sets out the Commission’s vision and goals, the problems it seeks to ameliorate, and the intellectual foundation for a social determinants approach. In doing so, the Interim Statement is a resource for stakeholders concerned with social determinants of health and health equity, as they build towards a global movement. Recommendations for action, based on the evidence gathered across all the Commission’s work streams, will be made in the Final Report in May 2008….The devastating health inequities we see globally are man-made. The causes are social – so must be the solutions. A global society in which millions of children and adults are unable to lead flourishing lives is not sustainable…”

  • Achieving Health Equity: from root causes to fair outcomes – Interim Statement (66 pages, PDF)
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  • Introduction – Preface, about the Commission, the Commissioners.
  • Health inequality, inequity, and social determinants of health -
    Global health improvements but still major inequalities between countries; health inequalities within countries and the social gradient; justice, inequality and inequity; empowerment and freedom – dealing with poverty and the gradient.”
  • Social determinants of health and health equity: “the causes of the causes” – “Growing, living and working; contextualising behaviour; health systems; the shape of society; the social context; the global arena.”
  • The time for action
  • Annex: The CSDH multipronged approach – “The goals, commissioners, knowledge networks, additional key issues, country work streams, civil society organizations, global initiatives, working with WHO.”
  • References
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