Social determinants of health
November 2017 – During the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health the National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) were launched with an aim to provide concise information on the health workforce situation and trends of a country; facilitate the standardization of a health workforce information system; as well as to support tracking Human Resources for Health policy performance towards UHC. The NHWA include three indicators related to education and training on social determinants of health and Health in All Policies approach:
7 November 2017 - WHO has produced the policy brief “Keeping the vector out: housing improvements for vector control and sustainable development” that contributes to recognize the importance of integrated approaches of vector control and aiming at highlighting effective housing interventions to prevent vector-borne diseases.
Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: case studies from around the world
12 October 2017 - WHO and the Government of South Australia published the Case Study Book on Health in All Policies (HiAP), which describes experiences from around the world in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. While there is no single or simple model for HiAP, there is a growing evidence base of facilitating conditions for HiAP.
The case study book documents experiences, capturing important elements of HiAP practice through an analysis of established and emerging models. It is aimed at the international health community and the broader sustainable development network. It will be of interest to those who want to know more about implementing HiAP.
Intersectoral factors influencing equity oriented progress towards Universal Health Coverage: results from a scoping review of literature
5 July 2017 – Achieving Universal Health Coverage is a major responsibility and goal of the health sector. But it cannot be done by the health sector alone. Inequities across these intersectoral factors affect equity-oriented progress towards UHC. The scoping literature review on the intersectoral factors influencing equity oriented progress towards UHC described the relevance of a key set of domains for different health conditions as well as characterizing specific variables indicative of barriers to care.
5 July 2017 – The Innov8 Facilitator’s Manual is designed for persons conducting the capacity-building workshops of applications of the Innov8 approach for reviewing national health programmes to leave no one behind. Innov8 is an 8-step review process that supports programmes to be more equity-oriented, rights-based, gender-responsive and to address social determinants in order to contribute to the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health. The Manual - the partnering publication to the Innov8 Technical Handbook - provides an overarching introduction to the facilitation of a generic Innov8 review process entailing three workshops: sensitization, review and redesign, to aid and support the adaptation process.
Global Network for Health in All Policies launched at the 70th World Health Assembly
24 May 2017 - The Global Network for Health in All Policies (GNHiAP) is an initiative launched by five governmental collaborators that will work jointly to strengthen and institutionalize HiAP and facilitate its implementation. The network will help countries to achieve all health related SDG targets and move towards Universal Health Coverage.
Mortality reduction in child under-5
50% was attributed to non-health sector investments by the Success Factors study (between 1990 and 2010)Read the bulletin
Integrated social and medical services can be
10 timesmore effective than waiting for families to visit health servicesRead the publication
Cash transfers in Zambia increased from
62 to 84%household consumption of vitamins and resulted in less sick days reported among children and the elderlyRead the publication
What are social determinants of health?
Areas of work
Health in All Policies
- WHO Social Determinants of Health Unit
- World Conference on Social determinants of health
- Commission on social determinants of health