WHO calls for better living conditions to reduce health gap

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 27 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1451
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Improving daily living conditions is the key to reducing the health inequalities between rich and poor countries, says a report published by the World Health Organization, which aims to close the gap within the next generation.

    The report summarises the findings of a three year investigation by WHO’s commission on the social determinants of health, whose members include leading policy makers, academics, former heads of state, and former ministers of health.

    Children have dramatically different life chances, depending on where they were born, the report confirms. Life expectancy of children is …

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