Collaborating Center

The World Health Organization has long recognized the importance of the social determinants of health
as attested by the establishment of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) in 2005,
and by publishing its recommendations in 2008, as well as by commissioning a European Review of
Social Determinants and the Health Divide, which will inform the new European Policy for Health (Health
2020). The CSDH and its Social Exclusion Knowledge Network made clear recommendations on how to
reduce health inequities through action on the social determinants of health, including actions to
address social exclusion and vulnerability. These recommendations were endorsed by the World Health
Assembly Resolution 62.14 on reducing health inequities through action on the social determinants of
health. However, translating these recommendations into action is still a long way ahead. Considering
their disadvantages and vulnerability, the Roma population, the largest minority in Europe should be a
prioritized population among which to implement recommendations of the CSDH in order to reduce the
inequities and discrimination suffered by them.