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Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health. "Alternative Rio declaration", 18 October 2011

Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health. "Alternative Rio declaration", 18 October 2011

"Urgently required actions by member states and WHO on the key areas:

  1. Implement equity-based social protection systems and maintain and develop effective publicly provided and publicly financed health systems that address the social, economic, environmental and behavioural determinants of health with a particular focus on reducing health inequities.
  2. Use progressive taxation, wealth taxes and the elimination of tax evasion to finance action on the social determinants of health.
  3. Recognise explicitly the clout of finance capital, its dominance of the global economy, and the origins and consequences of its periodic collapses.
  4. Implement appropriate international tax mechanisms to control global speculation and eliminate tax havens.
  5. Use health impact assessments to document the ways in which unregulated and unaccountable transnational corporations and financial institutions constitute barriers to Health for All.
  6. Recognise explicitly the ways in which the current structures of global trade regulation shape health inequalities and deny the right to health.
  7. Reconceptualise aid for health from high income countries as an international obligation and reparation legitimately owed to developing countries under basic human rights principles.
  8. Enhance democratic and transparent decision-making and accountability at all levels of governance.
  9. Develop and adopt a code of conduct in relation to the management of institutional conflicts of interest in global health decision making.
  10. Establish, promote and resource participatory and action oriented monitoring systems that provide disaggregateddata on a range of social stratifiers as they relate to health outcomes."

Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health. A declaration by Public Interest Civil Society Organisations and Social Movements, WHO World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (18th October 2011).

The MMI Network (lead: Remco van de Pas, Wemos) contributed to the production of the "alternative Rio declaration" and endorsed it. 

Read the full declaration: MMI ePlatform
Follow the debate on Social Determinants of Health: MMI ePlatform

 

 

 

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