Social Determinants Of Health And Health Outcomes Essay

1265 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
Which social determinants of health have the greatest impact on health outcomes in developing countries?
The World Health Organization describes that the social determinants of health include “wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life”, wider to the conditions in which people are born, work, grow, and live. As Cynthia wrote on her post, it would be obvious to incline towards the most basic needs of humans such as access to clean water, but in my opinion what has the greatest impact on health outcomes in developing and developed countries are the wider set forces and systems shaping the conditions that the WHO describes. The economic policies, the social norms and policies, the political systems, and development agendas regarding social determinants of health have the greatest impact on health outcomes. There is a relationship between the different determinants of health in a specific location, that in order to try to improve the outcome from one determinant, we also have to focus on the other determinants that have a direct, and also possibly an indirect relationship to the first determinant. It is not just about the impact of education or access to clean water or the access to affordable and nutritious food, it is about the economic and social policies, the political system, and the development agendas that will work together to improve education, access to water and food, but also to proper housing, to a better education, safety. I think that the…

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