Symposium on the “Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region”

30 October 2013, London, United Kingdom

WHO/Europe commissioned the review to support Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and well-being. It presented new evidence on action in 12 priority policy areas (from early-childhood education to employment and the provision of social protection according to need) that would significantly improve health, well-being, equity and economies (especially in times of austerity) in low-, middle- and high-income countries alike.

The review compiled evidence on the 53 countries in the WHO European Region, and was conducted by a cross-disciplinary consortium of Europe’s leading experts, led by the Institute of Health Equity at University College London (UCL), United Kingdom.

A symposium was held on 30 October 2013 to describe the social-policy action that governments across the Region can take to avert the growth of the burdens on societies, economies and health that result from inaction.

Speakers at the event included Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe; Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity, who chaired the review; chairs of the task groups, who led work on the main themes of the review; and high-level policy-makers from across the Region.

The symposium was jointly hosted by WHO/Europe, UCL and the United Kingdom Department of Health. It was webcast, and covered on Twitter with the hashtag #BridgeHealthDivide.