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HBSC members contribute to key WHO Europe report on social determinants of health

The WHO European Region has witnessed some impressive gains in health, although inequalities remain both within and between countries. We now know much more about the extent and social origins of these inequalities, particularly since the 2008 report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and the publication of HBSC's International Report on the Social Determinants of Health and Well-being Among Young People in 2012.

This report, titled 'Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region', reviews inequities in health across the 53 Members States of the WHO Regional Office for Europe region, and was commissioned to support the development of the new European policy framework for health and well-being, Health 2020. It builds on the global evidence and recommends policies to reduce health inequities and the health divide across all countries, including those with low incomes.

The report is subdivided into four separate parts and you can also find the executive summary here:

  • Part 1 - gives the background and context of the review, and outlines the main principles that underpin the recommendations and the rationale for categorising them into four thematic groups: life-course stages, wider society, the broader macro-level context, and governance, delivery and monitoring systems. 
  • Part 2 - compiles existing evidence on the scale of the health divide among European nations, and describes the inequities in health and their social determinants.
  • Part 3 - examines the four themes, the evidence base, and makes recommendations for the future.
  • Part 4 - summarises issues of implementation, it outlines a framework for action, reviews reasons for failure, offers guidance and examples of good practice and presents the review's conclusions and recommendations. 

This report offers a wake-up call to political, professional, social and community leaders alike. It gives them opportunities to facilitate the work of those dedicated to improving health outcomes and narrowing the health gap between and within the countries of Europe.

see here for further details
contact: Mr Joe Hancock

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[13-12-2013 to 31-07-2014]


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