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EDITORIAL
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 0

Editorial


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Date of Web Publication9-Jul-2019

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DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.262452

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Gupta S. Editorial. Indian J Psy Nsg 2018;15:0

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Gupta S. Editorial. Indian J Psy Nsg [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 20];15:0. Available from: http://www.ijpn.in/text.asp?2018/15/2/0/262452



Greetings to all Dear Readers,

Mental and behavioral disorders are significantly impacted by Social determinants of health factors outside the control of the individual that influence their psychological well-being and contribute to health inequities. The global agenda is ‘Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health’ which is very important focus for all of the mental health professionals today.

Today in a generation Social justice is a matter of life and death. It affects the way people live, their consequent chance of illness, and their risk of premature death. We watch in wonder as life expectancy and good health continue to increase in parts of the world and in alarm as they fail to improve in others. These inequities in health, avoidable health inequalities, arise because of the circumstances in which people grow, live, work, and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. The conditions in which people live and die are, in turn, shaped by political, social, and economic forces. The development of a society, rich or poor, can be judged by the quality of its population’s health, how fairly health is distributed across the social spectrum, and the degree of protection provided from disadvantage as a result of ill-health.

In the spirit of social justice, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health was set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) to marshal the evidence on what can be done to promote health equity, and to foster a global movement to achieve it. As the Commission has done its work, several countries and agencies have become partners seeking to frame policies and programs, across the whole of society that influence the social determinants of health and improve health equity.

There is need to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of achieving health equity. It is essential that governments, civil society, WHO, and other global organizations now come together in taking action to improve the lives of the world’s citizens. There is urgent need to build and strengthen the health workforce and expand capabilities to act on the social determinants of health and to invest in national health workforces, balancing rural and urban health-worker density.

Achieving health equity within a generation is achievable, it is the right thing to do, and now is the right time to do it.

Dear readers, continuous efforts are done by authors, reviewers and the editorial team to bring out this 16th issue of ISPN journal, which is presented to you, to enhance evidence based practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.

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