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​ESF .02.065 – Establishing a National Platform to Address Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organisation Europe in its final report regarding a “Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region” considers that the health status of a population is determined by a mix of factors including income, housing, employment and lifestyles. These conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age are termed social determinants.

​Variances in these factors lead to significant inequalities in health between individuals and different groups in society. Health inequalities are commoner in vulnerable groups due to their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, disability, or other issues. This leads to a lower status of health which ultimately affects the employability. Indeed employability in itself is a social determinant affecting health status.

Evidence shows that health inequalities can be reduced by tackling social determinants through a Health in all Policies whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach.

Such an approach is dependent on awareness among all sectors including policy makers, government, civil society and the general public through a life course approach.

Whilst considering that all the sectors in Government and civil society are instrumental in achieving a Health in all Policies approach, the MFH decided to partner-up in the project with the Ministries that are evidently the most influential on Social Determinants, whilst civil society is represented by umbrella organizations.  Therefore the following are partners in this project;

  • Ministry for Education and Employment
  • The Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity
  • The Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change
  • Ministry for Gozo
  • Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society
  • Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD)
  • Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector
  • Sport Malta

The World Health Organisation, European Region, has endorsed and assisted with the drawing of the MFH’s application for funds for this project. The WHO will also be providing technical and consultancy assistance through funds specifically identified in the project. The project aims at providing the necessary tools and investment through the following interventions;
  • Research
  • Training
  • Awareness campaign
  • Stakeholder meetings

For this purpose, a total of 2.5 million euro has been awarded from the European Social Funds under the EU Funds for Malta 2014-2020.

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