Social determinants of health

Expert group meeting 2008

June 2008

A consultation was convened by WHO with support from the Department of Health, England (UK) to discuss challenges to country implementation of the agenda to improve health equity by tackling the social determinants of health. The meeting was held at the Château de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland from 2 to 3 June 2008.

Meeting report

This report describes the challenges of implementing an SDHE agenda for decision-makers in different countries as well as recommendations on the potential actions WHO can take to support these countries. These challenges and recommendations were discussed in a meeting of experts held in Geneva in June 2008, organized by ETH together with WHO regional office focal points. The meeting objectives were: (i) to gain greater clarity on the scope of practical implementation challenges and (ii) to outline the support needs of countries for meeting these challenges.