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Sustainable Development and Health Equity

The Special Program of Sustainable Development and Health Equity (SDE) leads and guides interprogrammatic technical work within PAHO to mainstream and promote an integrated approach to the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and health equity, their linkages with health promotion and health in all policies perspective, in line with universal health coverage and other related interagency initiatives and developments.  

Sustainable Development and Health Equity (SDE) is comprised of the following programs:

• Children’s Environmental Health
• Climate Change and Health
• Consumers’ Health
• Environmental Epidemiology
• Health Equity
• Health Impact Assessment
• Health in All Policies (HiAP)
• Health Promotion, Health Education, and Social Behavior Change
• Health and Tourism
• Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Developement Agenda
• Social Determinants of Health
• Social Epidemiology
• Toxicology and Chemical Safety
• Urban Health
• Violence Prevention, Human Security and Health
• Workers’ Health 


Functional Statements

  1. To strengthen multi sectoral alliances, addressing stark regional health inequities through concrete actions and public policies; tackling the social determinants of health, developing a standard set of indicators to measure and monitor actions, and marshal the evidence with the objective of closing the inequity gap;
  2. To develop, disseminate, and implement guidelines, standards, methodologies and tools on environmental, occupational, and social epidemiology, toxicology, health impact assessment, and other sustainable development related disciplines aimed to create supportive environments, to strengthen institutional capacities, and to inform action and inclusive public policies;
  3. To strengthen health promotion strategies to reduce health inequity through technical cooperation to address health in all policies and create supportive environments, with special attention on urban health initiatives; strengthen community actions through participation and empowerment; develop personal skills and capacity building; reorient health services to respond to community challenges and systematize the best practice at the national and subnational level;
  4. To provide technical cooperation to strengthen professional competencies, institutional and core public health capacities to implement sectoral and inter-sectoral policies on environmental, workers’ and consumers’ health, human security, violence prevention, emerging global environmental changes and their implications—including loss of biodiversity and climate change—and chemical emergencies and events.



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