Social Determinants of Health in Countries in Conflict
A Perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean Region
WHO Regional Publications, Eastern Mediterranean Series, No. 32
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
ISBN-13    9789290216315 ISBN-10    929021631X
Order Number    14400032 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    15.00 / US$    18.00 Developing countries:    CHF    10.50
English     2008        68   pages
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The WHO Global Commission on Social Determinants of Health was launched in 2005 with the aim of identifying and tackling the persistent and growing inequalities in health, both within and between countries. Social inequality is widely recognized as an important cause of conflict and the social determinants of health in conflict settings reflect and reinforce these inequalities. This publication explores the impact of conflict and occupation on the health of people in six countries of the Region, identifying loss of human rights, breaches of medical neutrality and psychosocial distress as key determinants that affect people's health in crisis settings. The publication also identifies some examples of activities and interventions that may help to mitigate the impact of these conflicts on the health and well-being of affected populations, as well as policy implications for all concerned parties.