Social determinants of health
Building health sector capacity to work with other sectors to achieve UHC
12 December 2017 – The newly established UHC2030 Multisectoral Action for Health Working Group will place an emphasis on building capacity for the health sector to work with other sectors as part of UHC, drawing from the Health in All Policies approach and on the political economy of multisectoral action for health, to support countries in addressing determinants of health and reaching UHC. The working group has been established by UHC2030 Steering Committee and will be co-led by the chairs, Dr Maureen Samms-Vaughan (University of the West Indies, Jamaica) and Dr Jeanette Vega (FONASA, Chile) and convened by WHO, UNICEF and World Bank.
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.
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