Social Determinants of Health. Dr RÃ¼diger Krech Director, WHO Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights. Why treat people. then send them back to the conditions that made them sick?. Outline. What are the social determinants of health? What is WHO doing about it?
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Dr Rüdiger Krech
Director, WHO Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights
then send them back to the conditions that made them sick?
The circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness.
A girl in Lesotho is likely to live 42 years less than another in Japan.
The unfair, unjust and avoidable causes of ill health
"(The) toxic combination of bad policies, economics, and politics is, in large measure responsible for the fact that a majority of people in the world do not enjoy the good health that is biologically possible,”
-WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health
(WHO World Health Report 2006; Hanlon,P.,Walsh,D. & Whyte,B.,2006)
“government objectives are best achieved when all sectors include health and well-being as a key component of policy development”
-Adelaide Statement on
Health in All Policies, 2010.
Current trend (0.5%) extrapolated
Global Plan prediction: incidence falls 5-6% per year
Elimination target: 1 / million / year by 2050
Population not benefitting
Organized the work along a common framework
Interventions and implications