Portuguese-Speaking NPHIs to Discuss Social Determinants of Health in Upcoming Workshop

March 25, 2014

In November 2013, members of the Network of National Institutes of Health of South American Countries (RINS-UNASUR) and the Network of the National Institutes of Health of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (RINS-CPLP) gathered for a public health management workshop in Recife, Brazil. After a seminar on the social determinants of health, attendees began to have extensive debates and discussions about the topic, with interest in both the theoretical and methodological aspects of the social determinants of health.

With their members’ interest piqued, the health institute networks of UNASUR and CPLP have together organized a second workshop to specifically address issues around the social determinants of health (SDH), to be hosted by FIOCRUZ Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in May 2014. The discussions and seminars of the workshop aim to present and discuss current SDH theory, to exchange experiences among the NPHIs in both of the networks, to evaluate the actual and potential capacities of the NPHIs to address SDH, and to formulate a working proposal for the growing involvement of the NPHIs in health research and monitoring focused on social determinants of health and health inequalities.

Speakers at the upcoming workshop will include Sir Michael Marmot and public health leaders from the World Health Organization, as well as leadership of NPHIs in Brazil, Colombia, Mozambique, Ecuador, Argentina, Cape Verde, and others.   

More information about RINS-UNASUR and their work with IANPHI can be found here.