Friday, April 29, 2011

[EQ] New book: Social determinants approaches to public health: from concept to practice

New book:

Social determinants approaches to public health:
from concept to practice

Edited by Erik Blas, Johannes Sommerfeld and Anand Sivasankara Kurup

 ISBN 978 92 4 156413 7

World Health Organization 2011

Available online PDF [222p.] at:

The thirteen case studies contained in this publication were commissioned by the research node of the Knowledge Network on Priority Public Health Conditions (PPHC–KN), a WHO-based interdepartmental working group associated with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health.


The publication is a joint product of the Department of Ethics, Equity, Trade and Human Rights (ETH), Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).


The case studies describe a wealth of experiences with implementing public health programmes that intend to address social determinants and to have a great impact on health equity. They also document the real-life challenges in implementing such programmes, including the challenges in scaling up, managing policy changes, managing intersectoral processes, adjusting design and ensuring sustainability.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1          Introduction and methods of work

Erik Blas, Anand Sivasankara Kurup and Johannes Sommerfeld

            Chapter 2          Scaled up and marginalized: A review of the Bangladesh Menstrual Regulation Programme

                        and its impact

Heidi Bart Johnston, Anna Schurmann, Elizabeth Oliveras and Halida Hanum Akhter

Chapter 3          Youth for Youth – A Model for Youth Suicide Prevention:

Case Study of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Youth Council & Secretariat

Stephanie Sinclair, Amanda Meawasige and, Kathi Avery Kinew

Chapter 4.         Food and vegetable promotion and the 5-a-day programme in Chile for the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases: 
Across-sector relationships and public–private partnerships

Irene Agurto, Lorena Rodriguez and, Isabel Zacarías

Chapter 5          Dedicated delivery centre for migrants in Minhang District, Shanghai: intervention on the

            social determinants of health and equity in pregnancy outcome for internal migrants in Shanghai,


Su Xu, Jia Cheng, Jia Cheng, Shaokang Zhan and Erik Blas

Chapter 6          Reviving health posts as an entry point for community development:
A case study of the Gerbangmas movement in Lumajang district, Indonesia

Siswanto Siswanto and Evie Sopacua

Chapter 7          Child malnutrition: engaging health and other sectors: The case of Iran

Sara Javanparast

Chapter 8          The Millennium Villages Project: improving health and eliminating extreme poverty in rural

                        African communities

Yeşim Tozan, Joel Negin and James Ogola Wariero

Chapter 9          Immunization programme in Anambra State, Nigeria:
an analysis of policy development and implementation of the reaching every ward strategy

Benjamin Uzochukwu, Benjamin Onwughalu, Erik Blas, Obinna Onwujekwe, Obinna Onwujekwe, Daniel Umeh and Uche Ezeoke

Chapter 10        Women’s Empowerment and its Challenges:
Review of a multi-partner national project to reduce malnutrition in rural girls in Pakistan

Kausar S Khan and Ajmal Agha

Chapter 11        Local Health Administration Committees (CLAS): 
Opportunity and empowerment for equity in health in Perú

Laura C. Altobelli and Carlos Acosta-Saal

Chapter 12        What happens after a trial?
Replicating a cross-sectoral intervention addressing the social determinants of health:
the case of the Intervention with Microfinance for AIDS and Gender Equity (IMAGE)

James Hargreaves, Abigail Hatcher, Vicki Strange,  Godfrey Phetla, Julia Kim, Charlotte Watts, Linda Morison, John Porter, Paul Pronyk and Chris Bonell

Chapter 13        Insecticide-treated nets in Tanzania mainland:
challenges in reaching the most vulnerable, most exposed and poorest groups

Jaap Koot, Romanus Mtung’e and Jane Miller

Chapter 14        Addressing the social determinants of alcohol use and abuse with adolescents in a Pacific Island country (Vanuatu)

Patrick Harris, Jan Ritchie, Graham Tabi and Tony Lower

Chapter 15        From concept to practice:  Synthesis of findings     Erik Blas


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