WFPHA at EB148: Statement on Social Determinants of Health


Jan 21, 2021

The 148th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board take place on 18-26 January 2021.

The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) attended this session with a statement on Social Determinants of Health.

The WFPHA, supported by SHEM, commends the priority that WHO Director-General is giving to the Social Determinants of Health and the implementation made by the Assistant Director-General of UHC -Healthier Populations and her team. The document EB148/24 on Social determinants of health presented before the Executive Committee highlight the importance of this theme for controlling the COVID Pandemics, other future health emergencies, and global health as countries emerge from the pandemic.

We also commend the openness and collaboration that the secretariat has with public health, scientific, and civil society organizations. The excellent interactions with the Department of Social Determinants regarding the identification and description of case studies are examples of this collaboration. We stand ready to continue collaborating on the theme of social determinants of health and health equity and hope that member-states will support this area’s continuation and strengthening in WHO.