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Report of the Working Group on the National Anti-Poverty Strategy and Health


Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Subject Keywords: Health targets
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: All-island

Poverty and Health• The link between poverty and health is strong and well established in Ireland andother countries.• Poverty contributes to poor health directly through, for example, inadequate housing or dangerous environments and indirectly, for example, through poor diet.• Being poor or socially excluded makes it more difficult to access or afford health services.• In Ireland, the gap in health between rich and poor is substantial. Mortality rates in the lowest socio-economic groups are over 100% higher than in the highest socioeconomic groups for all the major causes of death.• As well as the huge gap in mortality between poorest and richest, the risk of poor health increases as one goes down the socio-economic scale. This gradient has been demonstrated in Ireland.BackgroundAs part of the review of the National Anti-Poverty Strategy, a NAPS and Health Working Group was established by the Department of Health and Children to develop health targets and an associated implementation and monitoring framework. In order ito support this work a wide ranging consultation process was carried out.



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Suggested citation:

Institute of Public Health in Ireland. (2001) Report of the Working Group on the National Anti-Poverty Strategy and Health [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 17th March 2018].


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