Addressing social determinants of health in Maldives : Report of the national workshop, Male, Maldives, 23-25 November 2009
AbstractThe first national workshop organized by the Ministry of Health and Family, Maldives, in collaboration with the World Health Organization to examine the role of different sectors in addressing social determinants of health in Maldives was held in Male', Maldives, from 23 to 25 November 2009. The workshop provided a platform for an exchange of experiences on reducing the health equity gap; linking salient elements of the "Colombo Call for Action" to national strategies and policies for reducing the health equity gap; and delineating necessary actions for the Ministry of Health and Family and other sectors to reduce health inequities. This meeting agreed to advocate for integrating health in all policies and legislation promoting redistribution of power, money and resources to disadvantaged groups; sustain and expand public-sector financing of health services in order to reduce disparities; and to promote multisectoral alliances among the public and private sectors, civil society and community groups. Further, participants recommended establishing a sustainable institutional mechanism at the Ministry of Health and Family with adequate funding and mandate to coordinate and manage intersectoral action to reduce the health equity gap by addressing social determinants of health. The stewardship role of the Ministry of Health and Family was also thoroughly discussed and specific actions identified.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Addressing social determinants of health in Maldives : Report of the national workshop, Male, Maldives, 23-25 November 2009. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/204748
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