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ECSA: 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion

The European Child Safety Alliance (ECSA) participated at the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion hosted by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland (MSAH). The Conference focused on how to promote health and equity by implementing the ‘Health in All Policies approach’ (HiAP).

Joanne Vincenten, Director of the ECSA gave a presentation using child injury as an excellent example of the need for and benefits of a HiAP approach. Using the examples of the child safety report cards, Vincenten showed how the development of multi- sectoral partnerships is critical for effective strategies to be implemented, and how in turn they provide multiple benefits to reduce health inequities in areas including road safety, water safety, home safety, obesity and substance abuse.

The key outcomes of the Conference were a “HiAP Framework for Country Action” and a Conference Statement. The framework will provide countries concrete guidance on how to implement HiAP and the Statement will call for action on HiAP to achieve improved health and equity.

Further Reading:

The Helsinki Statement on Health in All Policies

Plenary sessions and the press briefings: Videos and webcasts

Presentations available here

Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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