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Title: A strategy for addressing the key determinants of health in the African Region
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 60
Issue Date: 26-May-2011
Language: English
Abstract: 1. The past few decades have witnessed increased interest in commitment to greater equity in health through addressing the social determinants of health and their consequences. Health gaps exist in countries of the African Region and are widening in some cases. This document proposes a strategy for closing this health equity gap through action on the key determinants of health. 2. The strategy proposes priority interventions in line with the three overarching recommendations of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, namely: (i) improving the daily conditions of living; (ii) tackling the inequitable distribution of power, money and resources; and, (iii) measuring and understanding the problem and assessing the impact of action. The interventions are divided into those that are within the immediate remit of the ministry of health, and those that come under other sectors or are cross-sectoral. 3. The proposed interventions take cognizance of the widening health equity gap within and among Member States. The strategy places emphasis on addressing the structural causes of illhealth and premature death associated with access, affordability and availability, and addresses issues even beyond the risk factors. 4. Member States are called upon to reduce the health equity gap through action on the social determinants of health. The prerequisite for success is political commitment to provide an enabling environment for all to contribute to reducing health inequities through action on the social determinants of health including measures to improve living conditions, tackling uneven distribution of power, money and resources, and routine monitoring of the health equity gap. 5. The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is invited to consider and adopt this strategy
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Sixtieth Session Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 30 August–3 September 2010: Provisional agenda item 7.1
Subject: Delivery of Health Care
Health Services Accessibility
Regional Health Planning
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC60/3
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