Explaining the role of the social determinants of health on health inequality in South Africa

by John Ele-Ojo Ataguba, Candy Day and Di McIntyre
Glob Health Action 2015, 8: 28865

11 pp. 716 kB

Action on the social determinants of health (SDH) is relevant for reducing health inequalities. This is particularly the case for South Africa (SA) with its very high level of income inequality and inequalities in health and health outcomes. This paper assesses health inequalities in SA and explains the factors (i.e. SDH and other individual level factors) that account for large disparities in health. The relative contribution of different SDH to health inequality is also assessed.

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