World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

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Case studies on social determinants of health

In 2011, WHO Regional Offices commissioned a series of case studies 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.

Key reference documents

Governance to tackle the root causes of health inequities: implementing action on social determinants

The role of the health sector, including public health programmes, in reducing health inequities

Global action on social determinants: aligning priorities and stakeholders

Promoting participation: community leadership for action on social determinants

Monitoring progress: measurement and analysis to inform policies on social determinants

General links


Three children wash their hands with water from a hose, India.
WHO/Tom Pietrasik

The World Conference on Social Determinants of Health brought together Member States and stakeholders to share experiences on policies and strategies aimed at reducing health inequities. The event provided a global platform for dialogue on how the recommendations of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2008) could be taken forward.

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