WHO Regional Publications Eastern Mediterranean Series Series 32

Social Determinants of Health in Countries in Conflict

A Perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean

December 2008
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  • Publisher
    World Health Organization
  • Published
    18th December 2008
  • ISBN 9789290216315
  • Language English
  • Pages 68 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

Social inequality is widely recognized as an important cause of conflict and the social determinants of health in conflict settings reflect and reinforce these inequalities. This publication explores the impact of conflict and occupation on the health of people in six countries of the region, identifying loss of human rights, breaches of medical neutrality and psychosocial distress as key determinants that affect people’s health in crisis settings. The publication also identifies some examples of activities and interventions that may help to mitigate the impact of these conflicts on the health and well-being of affected populations, as well as policy implications for all concerned parties.

1) Introduction; 2) Approaches; 3) Profiles of suffering; 4) The impact of conflict on health; 5) A social determinants approach to the health impact of conflict; 6) Views and voices from civil society; 7)Addressing social determinants and protecting health; 8) Tackling the root causes of the problem