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European review of social determinants of health.

Inequities in health between and within countries have been analysed across the 53 member States of the WHO Europe Region, for Health 2020, Europe's new health policy framework. Social and economic circumstances have improved in all countries, but health inequities have not been reduced and, in some countries, are increasing. The report recommends four actions on reproductive and sexual health--ensure that all women and girls have accessible, affordable and high-quality sexual and reproductive health services and that strategies to reduce social and economic inequities benefit women of childbearing age and families with young children. Health Ministers should advocate for social systems that provide income protection, adequate benefits and progressive taxation to reduce poverty among children and pensioners. Countries should ensure that parenting policies and services empower women with children to take control over their lives, support the health and development of their children and support a greater parenting role for men. (1)

(1.) Marmot M, Allen J, Bell R, et al. WHO European review of social determinants of health and the health divide. Lancet 2012;380:1011-29.

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Title Annotation:Law and policy
Publication:Reproductive Health Matters
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4E
Date:Nov 1, 2012
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