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About the Social Determinant of Health

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  November blog                                                                                              Claudio Schuftan This is a bit belated report from the Rio World Conference on the Social Determinants of Health. The conference was convened by the World Health Organization together with the government of Brazil, to whom many thanks, for their enabling many colleagues from the People’s Health Movement to attend. […]

Social Medicine Volume 4 Number 2: Economic Crisis, Social Determinants, Participation & more

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We have just published a new issue of Social Medicine/Medicina Social, our bilingual, online journal.  It is available in both English and Spanish.  Our 13th issue touches on several important issues in world health including the current economic crisis and the WHO Commission’s on the Social Determinants of Health.  And, of course, the stories of […]

Global Health Watch 2: Forging a Progressive Global Health Agenda


Last week saw the release of the second Global Health Watch report, created as an alternative to the WHO’s World Health Report. It is an initiative coordinated by the People’s Health Movement, the Global Equity Gauge Alliance and Medact with input from 80 organisations and more than 130 individuals. It presents a progressive agenda for […]

International Week of Resistance to Tobacco Transnationals

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One of our readers passed along to us the following press release (dated 9/17/08) from Corporate Accountability International.  It concerns a week of actions to stop interference by the tobacco industry in efforts to control smoking.  The WHO website has information on the tobacco treaty, its history, and the Working Group which monitors its implementation. […]

Unofficial Synopsis of the Social Determinants of Health Report

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A number of people have requested a brief synopsis of the final report by the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (discussed in our posting of 9/1/2008). David Woodward (formerly with the New Economics Foundation) has prepared an unofficial synopsis that is shorter and, he promises us, more interesting that the Executive Summary […]

WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health: Inequities are Killing People on a Grand Scale


On Thursday, August 28th the WHO’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health issued its final report: Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health. The Commission concluded that the “toxic combination of bad policies, economics, and politics is, in large measure, responsible for the fact that […]