New Humanity Movement

Health: Person, Environment

On August 28 2008 the "Commission  on Social  Determinants of Health" presented its three-year-work results to the General Director of WHO in a volume titled “Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health”.
The direct link between income and health, the so-called social gradient, was already highlighted in the past, mainly putting in evidence wrongs and inequalities as avoidable causes of illnesses, exisisting between developing countries on one side and richer ones on the other. However, what the Commission  uncovers in a candid way, is the existence of  “social gradients” even inside a single nation. The Commission puts foward a number of recommendations, and presents concrete examples of actions that can be undertaken, in order to “close the gap in a generation”.
Notwithstanding its true scientific character and its validity, this report could not collect all the experiences, that exist in our cites at all levels and with multifarious bearings. Indeed we try and bring these same experiences to light, helping us with some questions:

1. Are there in your city voluntary associations or experiences, that aim at improving the health conditions of elders, disabled people, kids, immigrants?

2. In your city does everybody have equal opportunity to access fundamental goods such as water, food, a house, electric power, a job, etc.?

3. Are there in your city voluntary associations or experiences, that aim at reducing all the inequalities that exist among classes, generations, genders in the health sector?

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