January 06, 2012

UNDP chat: Human Development Index and the Determinants of Health

Chat with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on the release of the 2011 Human Development Index and Report

"Sustainable human development is the expansion of the substantive freedoms of people today while making reasonable efforts to avoid seriously compromising those of future generations."

The 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) and Report is driven by indicators of life expectancy, education and gross national income data as a single statistic in both social and economic development.

The HDI includes187 countries.

A World Health Organization working-group, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) recognizes the visible role of health inequities found in social gradients around the world related to where people are born, grow, learn, work, play and age.   Social and economic factors in everyday life influence health and well-being. CDSH has global reach and calls attention to root-causes of disease and illness including those factors beyond the health sectors. Here's a glimpse of the CSDH conceptual framework:

A global health equity empowers a framework for healtha and well-being in society. The Human Development Index offers additional supporting data on the social determinants of health. 


Marmot M, Allen J, Bell R, Goldblatt P. Building of the global movement for health equity: from Santiago to Rio and beyond. The Lancet 2011,19 October 2011:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61506-7

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