Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Social Inclusion in Health Policies: Does It Impact on Addressing Chronic Disease?

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Social Inclusion in Health Policies: Does It Impact on Addressing Chronic Disease?

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The Lancet Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Action Group and the NCD Alliance highlight links between NCDs and some vulnerable groups such as children, young people, women, people with disabilities, and people living in poverty. They acknowledge that "policies, strategies, plans, and calls to action are common in international and national reports" but also note that their "implementation has been slow".

Furthermore, Rio Political and Civil Society Declarations on Social Determinants of Health calls for action, the commitment to addressing such calls to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups remains largely untested. There is an urgent need to assess what health policies and these declarations actually say, and commit to, in terms of social inclusion and human rights. Only then can we assess the practical value of calls to action, and establish whether any such action is, in fact, likely. …

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