Health Equity Policy Tool. A framework to track policies for increasing health equity in the WHO European Region – Working document (2019)




The WHO Health Equity Policy Tool has been developed to support WHO Member States and partners to strengthen the implementation of these commitments and strategies through specific policy actions. To accelerate progress in reaching those being left behind because of poor health and in preventing others from falling behind, policy action is required that reaches not only the most vulnerable but also those disproportionally at risk of avoidable poor health.

The Health Equity Policy Tool will act as an enabler to promote and monitor such policies in the Region through:

  • creating equal opportunities for health across the life-course
  • reducing unequal exposure to avoidable health risks
  • mitigating the consequences of accumulated social, economic and health disadvantage.