Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age. These conditions influence a person’s opportunity to be healthy, his/her risk of illness and life expectancy. Social inequities in health – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status across groups in society – are those that result from the uneven distribution of social determinants.Read more
Top storyNew guidance on promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups
WHO/Europe has launched a policy summary and full report on promoting physical activity in socially disadvantaged groups. Scientific evidence shows that physical inactivity is a leading risk factor for ill health, and that these groups tend to have low levels of activity.
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- Assessing the public health capacity for migration in Portugal
WHO/Europe aims to provide an evidence-based, systematic and accountable approach to the full integration of the social and economic determinants of health into the development strategies of countries in the WHO European Region.Read more