The case studies include success stories, promising practices and lessons learned from the local, national
and European levels that show how countries have:
- overcome the challenges related to disinvestment in policies and approaches that impact on health
- maximized new opportunities for advancing objectives to increase equity in health.
The case studies provide examples of the specific application of intersectoral policy actions and leading
equity processes across government and with wider civil society, that are reducing exposures to and the
consequences of five key risks which lead to inequities in health. The cases emphasize the importance of using a combination of policies and services, of the health sector and health sector-led initiatives, and of involving local people, the social economy and wider society. This publication is intended to stimulate and support action in Member States of the WHO European Region, and to support dialogue for action on health equity with ministries of health and with stakeholders representing the whole of government and the whole of society.
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