Social and Economic Costs of Violence – Workshop Summary

US Board on Global Health IOM

Available online at:

“…..Violence not only causes physical and emotional damage, but also creates a social and economic burden on communities. Measuring these costs can be difficult, and most estimates only consider the direct economic effects of violence, such as productivity loss or the use of health care services. Beyond these clear-cut costs, however, the pain and suffering of violence can affect human and social development and increase the risk of chronic outcomes later in life.

Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2011

Youth and Young Adults —Life in Transition
David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Available online PDF [193p.] at:

“…..The report considers many health issues affecting this population such as physical and mental health, injury, sexual and reproductive health and substance use and abuse.
By discussing these issues and how they are addressed, the report identifies priority areas for action to maintain healthy transitions of young Canadians into adulthood.

Apertura Cochrane Colloquium 2011 19-22 Octubre – Madrid, España

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS) apoya y promueve el desarrollo y el uso de la investigación para mejorar la vida y el bienestar de las poblaciones de las Américas, según se refleja en la Política de Investigación Para la Salud de la OPS.

La OPS/OMS desea inspirar a los autores de la Colaboración Cochrane para que aborden preguntas de investigación claves para la salud pública y los sistemas de salud, mediante el desarrollo de revisiones sistemáticas relevantes y metodológicamente robustas, que aporten conclusiones útiles en temas prioritarios para los gobiernos de las Américas.

Presentacion de la Dra Mirta Roses, Directora OPS/OMS

Collaborations and Global Alliances for Health

Octubre 19, 2011 URL:

New Norwegian Public Health Act – institutionalizing action on Social Determinants of Health in Norway

Available online at
A newly launched Public Health Act in Norway places reducing health inequalities through action on social determinants of health at the heart of Public Health nationally, regionally and locally.

Norwegian Public Health Act
The new Public Health Act will be introduced in Norway from 1 January 2012. The purpose of this Act is to contribute to societal development that promotes public health and reduces social inequalities in health. Public health work shall promote the population’s health, well-being and good social and environmental conditions, and contribute to the prevention of mental and somatic illnesses, disorders or injuries. 

The Act establishes a new foundation for strengthening systematic public health work in the development of policies and planning for societal development based on regional and local challenges and needs. 

The Act provides a broad basis for the coordination of public health work horizontally across various sectors and actors and vertically between authorities at local, regional and national level. Only by integrating health and its social determinants as an aspect of all social and welfare development through intersectoral action, can good and equitable public health be achieved.

Latest news about WorldConference on Social Determinants of Health

Over 100 Member States and 60 Ministers have confirmed their participation in this high-level event. Outside of the World Health Assembly, WHO cannot recall another meeting since the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata in 1978 that attracted more Member States at this political level.

Please download the latest conference programme at and feel free to circulate it to colleagues, collaborators and networks.

The main conference will start at 14.00 on Wednesday, 19 October and will finish in the early afternoon on Friday, 21 October. As we need to comply with security measures, please count up to one hour to access the venue.

The second day will feature five parallel sessions on the technical themes of the conference, as well as a ministerial track. The Declaration Drafting group will also be holding meetings on 20 October, 2011.

Before and after the main conference – from Tuesday, 18 October to Saturday, 22 October – a number of stakeholder events will also be organized by ministries of health, UN partners, WHO departments and NGOs. These events will be open to all conference participants, as well as members of the public. You can download the stakeholder programme from

Please have a look at the Guide for Participants as this contains important and useful information about arrivals and transfers, seating arrangements, distribution of documents and on-site facilities.

In order to prepare yourself for the conference, you may wish to have a look at the extensive background documentation, including case studies, sectoral briefs and key reference documents

The Rio Declaration

Member States are expected to adopt the Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, pledging to implement action in the five key areas of social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. Geneva-based missions have been discussing the draft text since 7 September, 2011 in a Member State-led consultative process.

Conference documentation

The WHO Discussion Paper ‘Closing the gap: Policy into practice on social determinants of health’ is available on the conference website in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese You will receive a hardcopy of this paper in your conference folder when you pick up your badge at the venue.


We will close online registration within a few days but late registration will also be possible at the venue from 18 October (Address: Hotel Sofitel Copacabana, Avenida Atlantica 4240 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22070002). Participants who have already registered online will be able to pick up their badges and conference folders from 18 October at the same location.


The conference will be webcast in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and we would encourage you to share this information with colleagues and networks. We would like to ensure that the conference reaches even more policy-makers, academics, technical experts and NGOs, and hope that the key messages will reach beyond the health sector.

For more information, please visit our website at:

Determinantes sociales de la salud y las políticas públicas: presentacion Dr. Michael Marmot en Peru


Addressing health inequalities:Lessons from the Commission on Social Determinants of Health
Professor Sir Michael Marmot OPS/OMS Peru Septiembre 2011


WHO Case studies on social determinants of health

Background papers:
WHO – World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, 19-21 October 2011, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Available online at:

“…..The following case studies were commissioned by WHO Regional Offices for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health. The case studies present successful examples of policy action aiming to reduce health inequities, covering a wide range of issues, including conditional cash transfers, gender-based violence, tuberculosis programmes and maternal and child health….”

WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011

Available online PDF [82.p] at:

“…..New figures from the WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 indicate that while the need for mental health care is large, with up to 25% of the population requiring it at some point in their lives, there is underinvestment in the sector.
The Atlas shows average global spending on mental health is still less than US$ 3 per capita per year and as little as US$ 0.25 per person per year in low-income countries.
It presents data from 184 WHO Member States, covering 98% of the world’s population.

Rwanda: Community performance-based financing in health: to improve maternal health outcomes

Case study:

The objective of this paper is to illustrate Rwanda’s experience on how innovative approach of empowering Community Health Workers (CPBF) and incentivizing mothers through Community performance-based financing (CPBF) approach has improved maternal indicators..”

Webcast:Experiencias en el abordaje de los DSS: avances en América Latina Octubre 11

Martes 11 de octubre del 2011, de 11:00 a 12:30hrs (tiempo del centro de México) para participar en la Tercera Sesión del Seminario Académico de Determinantes Sociales de la Salud – México.

La ponencia titulada: “Experiencias en el abordaje de los DSS: avances en América Latina” estará a cargo del Dr. Carlos Santos- Burgoa Zarnecki, Asesor Principal para Violencia y Seguridad Humana de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud en Washington (OPS).

El Dr. Santos-Burgoa cuenta con una maestría en Salud Pública y un doctorado en Epidemiología Ambiental y Ocupacional, de la Escuela Johns Hopkins de Higiene y Salud Pública. Ha desempeñado importantes cargos en investigación y docencia en diversos centros de investigación y universidades, como son la Universidad de Michigan, el INSP y la UNAM, con particular interés en promoción de la salud, equidad y desarrollo, y políticas ambientales.
Además ha ocupado diversos cargos a nivel de dirección general dentro de la Secretaría de Salud de México y es fundador y director general del Instituto de Salud, Ambiente y Trabajo.
La ponencia del Dr. Santos Burgoa será transmitida únicamente por WEBEX.

Instrucciones para la sesión Webex:

Tema: Experiencias en el abordaje de los DSS: avances en América Latina
Organizador: Audiovisual1 – INSP
Fecha: martes, 11 de octubre de 2011
Hora: 11:00 am, Horario de verano de México (Ciudad de México, GMT-05:00)
Contraseña de la sesión: semi11

Para unirse a la sesión:

1. Vaya a
2. Introduzca su nombre y dirección de correo electrónico.
3. Introduzca la contraseña de la sesión: semi11
4. Haga clic en “Entrar ahora”.
5. Siga las instrucciones que aparecen en pantalla.
Nos ponemos a sus órdenes en caso de tener alguna duda (

Nelly Salgado de Snyder Comité Coordinador del SADSS – México
Programa de Salud Global del INSP