Authorities from 110 countries discussed the links between health and poverty

October 22, 2011

Authorities from 110 countries discussed the links between health and poverty

Ministers and officials from 110 countries will discuss starting tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro the relationship between health, poverty and social inequality at a congress unpublished World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, the first organized on this subject, until Friday to meet the director general of WHO, Margaret Chan, senior executives of other UN agencies and nearly 900 participants, including experts and academics.

This is the first global event launched by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health WHO, an agency created in 2005 dedicated to investigate the non-biological factors that influence the spread of disease.

Within the so-called social determinants of health include economic status, social class, race, sex, education level, housing conditions and employment and also psychosocial and behavioral factors.
Conference organizers claim that the three-day meeting to condense in a final declaration with concrete proposals to governments worldwide to improve the health of the population through reducing inequalities and universal public health services .

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