Social determinants of health

© Zoltan Balogh

The social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

As a core function, WHO’s SDH Unit is responsible for coordinating WHO support to countries to take action on SDH to address health inequities. The SDH Unit works to support, guide and strengthen the capacities of countries to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate initiatives to promote health equity through addressing the SDH. The WHO SDH Unit currently focuses on four priority areas, shown below.

Highlights

  • 30-31 March 2017

    Health in All Policies: Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals

    International Conference in Adelaide, South Australia
    The South Australian government jointly with WHO organized the International Health in All Policies Conference - progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, in Adelaide on 30-31 March 2017.

  • March 2017

    Health in All Policies: Progressing the sustainable development goals

    Health is present in all of the SDGs. As governance and global development become increasingly complex, HiAP is uniquely positioned to provide governments and public health professionals with a road map to meet the needs of a healthy yet sustainable future at all action levels.

  • November 2016

    Release of Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind

    The Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health.