Determinants of International Health

The determinants of international health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.

The working group on the Determinants of International Health started off by preparing the 2011 conference Will our generation close the gap? Comprehensive and innovative strategies to address social determinants of health. The group continues to bring together expertise and organised a series of workshops and seminars on specific social determinants, more recently assessing the impact of free trade on access to health as a public global good.

Learning session on Access to Covid-19 vaccines and technologies

19/10 2021
Working Group Determinants of International Health (WG DIH) – “Decolonising global health” WG DIH is looking for new members. Interested? Contact the coordinator.
04/09 2020
The pandemic is a social crisis Thematic document on COVID-19 for 11.11.11 by Working Group on Determinants of International Health
18/12 2018
From knowledge to power: global health gatherings incentivize to tackle inequalities” By Julie Steendam, policy officer at Viva Salud, co-president of the Be-cause health working group 'Social Determinants of Health'. Based on her participation at the Global Symposium on Health System Research in Liverpool and the People's Health Assembly in Bangladesh, she reflects on system analysis, including on assumptions towards the private sector, and on calls for action able to tackle inequalities.

Composition & members

Jasper Theys
Viva Salud
Marijke Ceyssens

The SDH working group consists of a mix of both institutional members such as Viva Salud, Christelijke Mutualiteiten - Mutualités Chrétiennes, Le Monde selon les Femmes, FOS, AEFJN and individual members. The group cooperates with the Health and Solidarity action platform.