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According to the WHO, the social determinants of health are conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of resources and are mostly responsible for health inequalities and avoidable differences in health status within and between countries.
On January 23 1922, 14-year-old Leonard Thompson received the first successful insulin injection, which resulted in a drop in his blood glucose levels without any side effects. Today, we celebrate this major scientific breakthrough and the millions of lives that have been saved ever since.
In December 2021, World Health Organisation European Region (WHO/Europe) released its first issue of the Equity & Health Newsletter. The newsletter covers best national practices, partnerships & alliances, events & publications in the areas of equitable investment in health and health systems, addressing health determinants, gender equality and inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.