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Social determinants approaches to public health: from concept to practice.

Social determinants approaches to public health: from concept to practice.

Geneva: World Health Organization, 2011. 209p.

ISBN: 9789241564137.

Hard copy available on loan at SEARO Library

Full text PDF available at: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241563970_eng.pdf

The thirteen case studies contained in this publication were commissioned by the research node of the Knowledge Network on Priority Public Health Conditions (PPHC-KN), a WHO-based interdepartmental working group associated with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. The publication is a joint product of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights (ETH), Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR). The case studies describe a wealth of experiences with implementing public health programmes that intend to address social determinants and to have a great impact on health equity. They also document the real-life challenges in implementing such programmes, including the challenges in scaling up, managing policy changes, managing intersectoral processes, adjusting design and ensuring sustainability.

This publication complements the previous publication by the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights entitled Equity, social determinants and public health programmes, which analysed social determinants and health equity issues in 13 public health programmes, and identified possible entry points for interventions to address those social determinants and inequities at the levels of socioeconomic context, exposure, vulnerability, health outcomes and health consequences.

Table of Content

List of figures and tables

Foreword: Equity, social determinants and public health programmes

1. Introduction and methods of work

2. Alcohol: equity and social determinants

3. Cardiovascular disease: equity and social determinants

4. Health and nutrition of children: equity and social determinants

5. Diabetes: equity and social determinants

6. Food safety: equity and social determinants

7. Mental disorders: equity and social determinants

8. Neglected tropical diseases: equity and social determinants

9. Oral health: equity and social determinants

10. Unintended pregnancy and pregnancy outcome: equity and social determinants

11. Tobacco use: equity and social determinants

12. Tuberculosis: the role of risk factors and social determinants

13. Violence and unintentional injury: equity and social determinants

14. Synergy for equity



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