Technical Consultation Health Accounts/Health Satellite Accounts

October 6 and 7, 2011, Washington DC

Rubén M. Suárez Berenguela, Senior Advisor,
Health Economics and Financing Public Policies, Regulation and Research for Health Area of Health Systems based on Primary Health Care (PAHO/WHO)


To promote exchange of information and experiences on the type of conceptual, methodological and data challenges in the development and applications of health accounting exercises, on the policy issues that could be addressed by different health accounts approaches, and to learn from country experiences on the best way to promote the use of economic indicators of health care systems, and health care services to support the analysis and design of public policies aimed to improve a better and more equitable allocation and use of national resources devoted to health care services.


Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health

Turning Scientific Knowledge into Effective Action for Health

When: Thursday, 3rd November 2011, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM WDC time

Where: in front of your personal or work computer anywhere in the world.

Cost: Free. No prior registration required.

The field of public health encompasses a broad range of disciplines including health promotion, epidemiology, environmental health, public policy and human security, among others. Knowledge management and sharing and the effective utilization of scientific and online information are among the core public health informatics competencies.

With a hands-on approach, this two-hour online workshop will train participants on how to use the online tools available trough the Virtual Health Library (VHL), as well as from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Databases, effectively. Furthermore, this online workshop will highlight other Web resources tailored to the public health workforce.

WHO interactive atlases on health equity in Europe

WHO interactive atlases on health equity in Europe

The atlases aim not only to provide more visibility to the sub-national patterns of health and their determinants but also to analyse how such an integrated information system and its underlying data can inform policy across European countries.

The added value is to: improve insight into the regional dimension of social inequalities in health across counties; provide a tool for increased engagement of the public and the media in the dialogue with the competent authorities on health policy and action; and provide a pilot for a more regular monitoring and assessment of the magnitude of social inequalities in health and the impact of the relevant policies, interventions and services

Interview with Rudiger Krech

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health
Interview with Rudiger Krech

“….The Rio Declaration on Social Determinants of Health will be a political declaration, expressing commitment to take decisive action to reduce health inequities. Member States started discussing the draft text in early September and we have had eight very productive meetings since then. These are informal meetings of Geneva-based Member State missions and we have over 40 governments who are actively engaged….”

Toolkit: Sustainable Development and Health for the UN Global Conference RIO+20

Toolkit Website:

Facebook page: PAHO/WHO Rio+20 Sustainable Development and Health in Facebook

You could also follow the news in Twitter: PAHO/WHO Rio+20 Sustainable Development and Health

“…The Health and Sustainable Development Toolkit was designed to strengthen the capacity of advocates, program managers, policy makers, donors, and others to plan, implement, evaluate, promote, and scale up Health and Sustainable Development programs and to advocate for changes to national policy and service delivery guidelines.

Moderators for the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health

World Conference on Social Determinants of Health (19-21 October 2011).

– Zeinab Badawi and Riz Khan confirmed as moderators

Zeinab Badawi of the BBC World and Riz Khan of Al Jazeera English will be joining the conference as moderators. They will be moderating high-level roundtables with ministers and heads of UN agencies.

Press conference & webcast October 19 2011

The opening press conference is planned for 19 October 2011. The Brazilian Vice President, the Minister of Health and DG Margaret Chan are expected to attend.

Webcast, which will be available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

To access, simply click on the address located below:

October, 19 and 21

October, 20

In addition to entering through the above addresses you user will be able to access the page by the Home Page Canal Saúde.
The transmission link will be located on the top of the page, right side – near the logo Canal Saúde.

WHO Bulletin runs theme issue on social determinants

The October issue of the WHO Bulletin focuses on the social determinants of health, featuring editorials, interviews and news articles from the United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Chile and Australia.

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

Available online at:

“…..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.

Social determinants of health: practical solutions to deal with a well-recognized issue

Rüdiger Krech – Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:703-703. doi: 10.2471/BLT.11.094870

Available online at:

“…..The call on governments to address the major challenge of health inequities which are determined by the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, is not new.

The Commission on Social Determinants of Health worked on this. Its report re-enforces the message from the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, which itself was strongly rooted in the commitments made at the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata in 1978