Health topics

Social determinants of health


Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system.These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices.Social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.


General Information

Resolutions on social determinants of health

  • WHA62.14
    Reducing health inequities through action on the social determinants of health
  • WHA65.8
    Outcome of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health
  • WPR/RC61.R6
    Healthy Cities and Healthy Islands

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