Policy approaches to address the social and environmental determinants of health inequity in Asia-pacific

Sharon Friel, Belinda Loring, Narongsakdi Aungkasuvapala, Frances Baum, Alison Blaiklock, Tung-Liang Chiang, Youngtae Cho, Paison Dakulala, Yan Guo, Hideki Hashimoto, Kellie Horton, Saroj Jayasinghe, Don Matheson, Huong Nguyen, Caleb Otto, Mala Rao, Paaparangi Reid, Charles Surjadi

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    Abstract

    Asia Pacific is home to over 60% of the world's population and the fastest growing economies. Many of the leadership in the Asia Pacific region is becoming increasingly aware that improving the conditions for health would go a long way to sustaining economic prosperity in the region, as well as improving global and local health equity. There is no biological reason why males born in Cambodia can expect to live 23 years less than males born in Japan, or why females born in Tuvalu live 23 years shorter than females in New Zealand or why non-Indigenous Australian males live 12 years longer than Indigenous men. The nature and drivers of health inequities vary greatly among different social, cultural and geo-political contexts and effective solutions must take this into account. This paper utilizes the CSDH global recommendations as a basis for looking at the actions that are taking place to address the structural drivers and conditions of daily living that affect health inequities in the Asia Pacific context. While there are signs of action and hope, substantial challenges remain for health equity in Asia Pacific. The gains that have been made to date are not equally distributed and may be unsustainable as the world encounters new economic, social and environmental challenges. Tackling health inequities is a political imperative that requires leadership, political courage, social action, a sound evidence base and progressive public policy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)896-914
    Number of pages19
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Volume24
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Friel, S., Loring, B., Aungkasuvapala, N., Baum, F., Blaiklock, A., Chiang, T-L., Cho, Y., Dakulala, P., Guo, Y., Hashimoto, H., Horton, K., Jayasinghe, S., Matheson, D., Nguyen, H., Otto, C., Rao, M., Reid, P., & Surjadi, C. (2012). Policy approaches to address the social and environmental determinants of health inequity in Asia-pacific. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 24(6), 896-914. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539512460569