Usual measures of position on the social gradient are useful for international, national and even regional comparisons and contribute to stimulate countries to introduce policies to reduce health inequalities. However, in certain context, including very poor ruralities, where the health status of individuals is highly variable, classical social position measures such as income, expenditure, education and occupation are mostly irrelevant.


This project identified health-relevant indicators of social position, comparing three different regional cases (one from sub-Saharan Africa, one from Latin-America, and one from South East Asia) in order to differentiate those that are context specific to those that are not context specific. These relevant indicators will next be used in research to illuminate how they relate to variations in health.


The project used the following intersecting methods:


A final report presents the conclusions of these findings and suggests initial recommendations for action notably contributing to develop policy to address health inequalities in these regions.


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