There is currently limited awareness among researchers and decision makers of social determinants of health (SDH) that underlies health inequities and inequalities. There is also a general global culture that under-utilises evidence within the policy process. There is, therefore, an urgent need for capacity-building activities to promote informed decision-making that aims at reducing health inequities.
This website aims to provide information and resources for researchers and policy makers in order to help them to understand inequality and inequity in health, and take into account social determinants associated with health inequities and inequalities in research, programs and policy making. We provide a range of general information on social determinants of health, methods of research, links to relevant sites, and recent findings, and also offer online and offline courses in this area.
Universitas Gadjah Mada is one of six members of INTREC (INDEPTH Training and Research Centres of Excellence) that include the International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and Their Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (INDEPTH), Umeå University in Sweden; Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia; Heidelberg University in Germany; the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands; and Harvard University in the USA. INTREC’s two main aims are:
- (i) providing training related to Social Determinants of Health (SDH) for INDEPTH researchers in Africa and Asia, there by allowing the production of evidence on associations between SDH and health outcomes; and
- (ii) enabling the sharing of this information through facilitating links between researchers and decision makers in these countries, and by ensuring that research findings are presented to decision makers in an actionable, policy-relevant manner.
Since 2013 Universitas Gadjah Mada is the focal point for research and training on SDH Asian countries. In the beginning we cover resources for Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Bangladesh only, which are INTREC focus area. However, in due course we will enrich our resources to cover other low- and middle-income countries in Asia also.