Regional consultation on social determinants of health: addressing health inequities
Other TitlesReport of regional consultation, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 18-20 February 2009
AbstractThe report of the consultation acknowledges the existence of inequities and inequalities in health among and within countries of the WHO South-East Asia (SEA) Region. Evidence presented showed that health inequities could be reduced if a social justice approach to health was adopted. The report makes it clear that improving living conditions; tackling unequal distribution of power, money and resources; and improving routine monitoring of health inequity are central to closing the health equity gap. Countries of the SEA Region have taken a wide range of actions to close this equity gap by addressing the social determinants of health such as, the contributory social security system for self-employed women, subsidized microcredit to the poorest, abolishment of bonded (child) labour, provision of universal health, introduction of health insurance for the poor, and a progressive pattern of health financing. It was agreed that health inequities needed to be tackled within and across countries through political commitment. The consultation unanimously endorsed adoption of the "Colombo Call for Action" urging countries to mainstream health equity in all policies, empower individuals and communities, and advocate good governance and corporate social responsibilities.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Regional consultation on social determinants of health: addressing health inequities. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205762
Gov't Doc #SEA-HE-197
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