Title

Closing the Gap In a Generation: Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Closing the health gap in a generation: The Commission calls for closing the health gap in a generation. It is an aspiration not a prediction. Dramatic improvements in health, globally and within countries, have occurred in the last 30 years. We are optimistic: the knowledge exists to make a huge difference to people’s life chances and hence to provide marked improvements in health equity. We are realistic: action must start now. The material for developing solutions to the gross inequities between and within countries is in the Report of this Commission.

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