Social and cultural determinants

Taking action on the social determinants of health to improve population health

Ruth Bell and Sir Michael Marmot
Substantial differences in health and life expectancy exist between countries in the Commonwealth: some countries are among those with the highest life expectancy in the world, some countries among the lowest. More

Why culture matters in reducing the burden of NCDs and CDs in Africa

Collins Airhihenbuwa and Juliet Iwelunmor
In 2011, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension were recognised at a UN high-level meeting ‘as a threat to the achievement of internationally agreed upon goals’. The statistics are startling. More

The problems of accessibility and acceptability in integrated health care for men: some Australian reflections

Rick Hayes and Simon Barraclough
In recent decades there has been considerable interest throughout the world in the concept of integrated health services or integrated health care. More

Music as a source of reproductive health education among adolescents in Jamaica: who will contextualise the issues?

Desmalee Holder-Nevins
Adolescence, that part of the life course when health is shaped by an interplay of physical, psychological, social and environmental factors, is a special time for supportive relationships and care. More

The role of the citizen consumer: alternative consumer activism and the rights to health development

Su-ming Khoo
This article draws on case-study research to show how networked consumer campaigns have shaped global health governance. It highlights the important yet under-researched role of Southern health activism in mobilising global health rights and public health. More