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Last updated: 28 August, 2008 - Published 14:19 GMT
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Sri Lanka a country with better health facilities - WHO
World Health Organization
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for greater social equality as a way of evening out differences in health, both between different countries and within them.

A report, drawn up by the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, says that although a country's wealth is an important factor in its people's health, issues of equality also have a significant impact.

Sir Michael Marmot, professor of epidemiology and public health who chaired the Commission says that Sri Lanka is among the countries that have better health facilities than some other countries with higher incomes.

“Health in Sri Lanka for example is considerably better than it is in Russia, despite considerably higher incomes in Russia than in Sri Lanka.” said Michael Marmot.

The report points out that gender equality is thought to be crucial. The equal access of girls to education can make a big difference in determining a community's health says the commission report.

Social policy and politics also have been highlighted as factors that matter.

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