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Sir Michael Marmot's
IHE team

SDH World Conference

07th October 2011 07:47

The WHO is convening a global conference, 19-21 October, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to build support for the implementation of action on social determinants of health.


The conference will bring together Member States and stakeholders to share experiences on policies and strategies aiming to reduce health inequities. As of 5 October, 95 Member States have confirmed their attendance, and 53 delegations will be headed by Ministers of Health.


The conference webcast will start at 14.00 on 19 October (Rio de Janeiro time). On 20 October, this link will be used. The webcast will be available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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

The editorials reflect the views of Sir Michael Marmot, who chaired the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health in 2005, and of Dr Rüdiger Krech, the director of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights at WHO. Dr Krech also co-authors a piece with Dr Kumanan Rasanathan calling for more action on social factors to combat noncommunicable diseases.

In an interview, Dr Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health of Brazil, discusses how his government is acting to reduce health inequities.