Social determinants of health

Health sector reorientation towards SDH and health inequity training, tools and technical assistance

The Innov8 Approach for Reviewing National Health Programmes to Leave No One Behind is an 8-step analytic process undertaken by a multidisciplinary review team. It is a resource that supports the operationalization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the progressive realization of universal health coverage and the right to health.

It does this by identifying ways to make concrete, meaningful and evidence-based programmatic action to “leave no one behind” in health programmes. The Innov8 review process results in recommendations for specific entry points and actions to make the health programme more equity-oriented, rights-based and gender responsive, while addressing critical social determinants of health influencing programme effectiveness and outcomes. Innov8 it best applied in synergy with a national health programme’s planning and review cycle.

The Innov8 approach has been applied to different national and sub-national health programmes, strategies and activities. This includes, for example, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health; noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); communicable diseases; and environmental health and health promotion programmes, among others.