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Interim Statement of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health 2007

The World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health released its Interim Statement (September 2007), outlining its vision and goals, the problems it seeks to ameliorate, and the intellectual foundation for a social determinants approach. Recommendations for action will be made in the Final Report in May 2008.

Included in the report:

  • Introduction
    Preface, about the Commission, the Commissioners
  • Health inequality, inequity, and social determinants of health
    Global health improvements but still major inequalities between countries; health inequalities within countries and the social gradient; justice, inequality and inequity; empowerment and freedom - dealing with poverty and the gradient.
  • Social determinants of health and health equity: "the causes of the causes"
    Growing, living and working; contextualising behaviour; health systems; the shape of society; the social context; the global arena.
  • The time for action
  • Annex: The CSDH multipronged approach
    The goals, commissioners, knowledge networks, additional key issues, country work streams, civil society organizations, global initiatives, working with WHO.