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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Rhan- Ju Song

A New global agenda- The Commission on SDH 13/09/2012 22:54:00 ← Within countries the differences in life chances are dramatic Healthy Equity and The Social Determinants of Health • Conditions in which people are born, grow, live work and age are responsible for high burden of illness • Factors responsible for poor and unequal living conditions o Poor social policies and programmes o Unfair economic arrangements o Bad politics Consequence: daily living conditions • People responsible for overlooking these inequities o Commission on Social Determinants of Health o Constitution of the World Health Organization Not doing their job! ← A new agenda for Health, Equity and Development • Change social determinants of health= improve healthy equity • Need to close the health gap • Should be on the top of the agenda • Speed of which health can improve • Means needed to achieve change Three principles of Action to Achieve Health Equity ← 1. Improve the conditions of daily life- the circumstance in which people are born, grow, work and age ← 2. Tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources— the structural drivers of those conditions of daily life- globally, nationally and locally ← 3. Measure the problem, evaluate action, expand the knowledge base, develop a workforce that is trained in the social determinants of health, and raise public awareness about the social determinants of health ← action on social determinants of health rely on civil society, local communities, business for a and internati
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