The Effects Of Poverty, Addiction And Family Violence On Children 's Health

1233 Words Feb 21st, 2016 5 Pages
World Health Organisation ( 2016) has defined the social determinants of health (SDH) are the social and economic conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age such as stress, work, food, early life, transport, addiction, social support, unemployment, social exclusions and social gradient. These conditions are formed by the allocation of funds, power and resources at the local, national and global levels. In this essay, I am going not only to analyse the impact of poverty, addiction and family violence on the children’s health age group from zero to twelve, but also to identify local, regional and national prevention services and strategies in New Zealand.

Oxford University Press (2016) has defined a child as a young human being below the puberty age or under the legal age of majority. Children are one of the most defenceless groups in our society. Without choice they have to rely on their family, community and government to take care, develop and protect them as early life experiences can affect their chances in life. According to the OECD report, ‘’Doing Better for Children’’ on the international level New Zealand ranked twenty ninth out of thirty countries for child health and safety (Public Health Advisory Committee, 2010). Some New Zealand disease patterns in fact are closer to developing countries and are preventable. ‘’Every Child Counts’’ report revealed devastating statistics: Half of the New Zealand children living below poverty level are…

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