World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

Case studies on social determinants of health

The following case studies were commissioned by WHO Regional Offices for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health. The case studies present successful examples of policy action aiming to reduce health inequities, covering a wide range of issues, including conditional cash transfers, gender-based violence, tuberculosis programmes and maternal and child health.

The case studies were written by individual experts and are being circulated as draft background papers to inform discussions at the conference. They represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views, policies, or decisions of WHO or the governments of the countries where the case studies are set.

  • Chile
    pdf, 1.42Mb

    Steps towards the health equity agenda in Chile
  • Canada
    pdf, 283kb

    Canadian Reference Group on social determinants of health
  • Brazil
    pdf, 978kb

    The Brazilian experience with conditional cash transfers: a successful way to reduce inequity and to improve health
  • United States of America
    pdf, 1.05Mb

    How can we get the 'social determinants of health' message on the public policy and public health agenda?
  • Solomon Islands
    pdf, 836kb

    Gender-based violence in Solomon Islands: Translating research into action on the social determinants of health
  • Republic of Kiribati
    pdf, 831kb

    Measuring and responding to gender-based violence in the Pacific: Action on gender inequality as a social determinant of health
  • Viet Nam
    pdf, 937kb

    Gender-based violence in Viet Nam: Strengthening the response by measuring and acting on social determinants of health
  • Australia
    pdf, 1.23Mb

    Health in All Policies: South Australia's country case study on action on the social determinants of health
  • WHO Western Pacific region
    pdf, 891kb

    Addressing social determinants of health through tuberculosis control programmes in Western Pacific Region
  • Malaysia
    pdf, 1.47Mb

    Health in All Policies: The Primary Health Care Approach in Malaysia. 50 years experience in addressing social determinants of health through Intersectoral Action for Health
  • India
    pdf, 888kb

    India's country experience in addressing social exclusion in maternal and child health
  • India
    pdf, 771kb

    Effective social determinants of health approach in India through community mobilization
  • Thailand
    pdf, 915kb

    Health systems, public health programmes and social determinants of health
  • Egypt
    pdf, 819kb

    Social participation in Egypt: Civil society's former experience and new opportunities
  • Morocco
    pdf, 761kb

    Social determinants and health equity in Morocco
  • United States of America
    pdf, 764kb

    A national partnership for action to end health disparities in the United States of America
  • Australia
    pdf, 732kb

    Supporting public policy and action on the social determinants of health by providing evidence through the Social Health Atlases of Australia
  • Cambodia
    pdf, 776kb

    Gender as a social determinant of health: Gender analysis of the health sector in Cambodia
  • WHO Western Pacific region
    pdf, 1.11Mb

    Gender mainstreaming in emerging disease surveillance and response
  • Iran
    pdf, 845kb

    School Pupil Policy Officer (Hamyare Police) - A national initiative based on social participation to improve road safety
  • Jordan
    pdf, 666kb

    National commitment to action on social determinants of health in Jordan: Addressing obesity
  • Namibia
    pdf, 2.46Mb

    Report on country experience: A multi-sectoral response to combat the polio outbreak in Namibia
  • Rwanda
    pdf, 1.75Mb

    Community performance-based financing in health: Incentivizing mothers and community health workers to improve maternal health outcomes in Rwanda
  • Uganda
    pdf, 718kb

    Social determinants of health: Food fortification to reduce micronutrient deficiency in Uganda - Strengthening the National Food Fortification Programm
  • Kenya
    pdf, 2.01Mb

    The national deworming programme: Kenya's experience
  • Zimbabwe
    pdf, 857kb

    Intersectoral actions in response to cholera in Zimbabwe: From emergency response to institution building
  • Brazil
    pdf, 2.01Mb

    The Green Area of Morro da Policia: Health practitioners working with communities to tackle the social determinants of health
  • Pakistan
    pdf, 1.03Mb

    Heartfile Health Financing: Striving to achieve health equity in Pakistan
  • Costa Rica
    pdf, 766kb

    Impact of long term policies based on social determinants of health: The Costa Rican experience
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