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World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, October 2011

 “Water and sanitation” was included as a social determinant of health in the Rio Declaration on social Determinants of Health. The inclusion comes after studies carried out by PAHO and the publication of the policy brief “Water and Sanitation: Evidences for public policies focused on human rights and public health results.” The document, released by the Organization, summarizes the policies related to water distribution, sanitation, and human rights approach and its impact on equity and public health. The document was launched during World Water Day and a subsequent Deliberative Dialog on water and sanitation that took place in Guatemala supported by EVIPNet Americas. The Dominican Republic is using this policy brief to apply it to their contexts—a step forward in knowledge translation and more efficient use of resources.

 
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