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BEDREHELSE-Bedre helse og livskvalitet

Centre for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN)

Alternative title: Senter for global helseulikhetsforskning

Awarded: NOK 36.8 mill.

Inequality kills everywhere. Poor children and families from all corners of the world are far more likely to live in poorer health under worse living conditions than those who are more wealthy. We often refer to such inequalities as "socio-economic inequalities in health" and they have been observed in all countries with available data. Such inequalities are also considered to be unfair, unnecessary and avoidable. They begin to emerge during childhood and despite massive improvements in our ability to prevent and treat ill-health, they continue to grow. The CHAIN project, which includes partner organizations such as WHO, IHME and UNICEF, is providing a better understanding of socioeconomic inequalities in health, new explanations and the project is also identifying interventions that are effective in reducing such inequalities in global regions.

The CHAIN project will provide a better understanding of socioeconomic inequalities in health and identify specific public health policy interventions that are effective in reducing such inequalities in global regions, with a focus on children. More specifically, CHAIN will (1) monitor international variations in health inequalities between and within countries, (2) identify and analyse the causal drivers of health inequalities in different countries, (3) identify and evaluate interventions that have the potential to reduce health inequalities, and (4) propose evidence-based policy and practice guidelines for health equity. This will be done by bringing together Norwegian and international public health groups and international organisations to establish a novel approach to the better determination of the causes of health inequalities, their impacts on groups such as children and their families, and the identification of ‘best practice’ ways of reducing health inequalities in different regions of the world. The CHAIN project will involve leaders from UNICEF, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), EuroHealthNet, and the Institute for Health Metrix and Evaluation (IHME), which leads the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study. The CHAIN project will introduce socioeconomic position as a risk factor in the GBD Study, we will analyse the most important determinants of health inequalities in different contexts, and the policy and programme responses that are most effective in reducing them. Through CHAIN`s partnerships with international academic institutions, UNICEF, IARC, public health experts, and civil society agencies, we further expect to 1) obtain global visibility, 2) reduce the distance between research, policy and practice, and 3) create a national and global arena to attract and advance research talents within health inequalities research.

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BEDREHELSE-Bedre helse og livskvalitet