Global action on social determinants of health

Michael Marmot
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, England.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization October 2011;89:702-702. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.094862

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“…..Closing the gap in a generation is a rousing call.1 Did the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) really believe it to be possible? Technically, certainly. Yes, there is a greater than 40-year spread in life expectancy among countries and dramatic social gradients in health within countries. But the evidence suggests that we can make great progress towards closing the health gap by improving, as the CSDH put it, the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

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