• strengthening health systems

    Strengthening health systems to respond to women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence

    A manual for health managers

    This manual is intended for health managers at all levels of the health systems. The manual is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: WHO clinical and policy guidelines, 2013. Those guidelines inform this manual and its companion clinical handbook for healthcare providers, Health care for women subjected to intimate partner violence or sexual violence, 2014.

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  • inferiting a sustainable world

    Inheriting a sustainable world?

    Atlas on children's health and the environment

    In 2015, 26% of the deaths of 5.9 million children who died before reaching their fifth birthday could have been prevented through addressing environmental risks – a shocking missed opportunity. The prenatal and early childhood period represents a window of particular vulnerability, where environmental hazards can lead to premature birth and other complications, and increase lifelong disease risk including for respiratory disorders, cardiovascular disease and cancers. The environment thus represents a major factor in children’s health, as well as a major opportunity for improvement, with effects seen in every region of the world.


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  • nourishing the sdgs

    Nourishing the SDGs

    Executive summary

    1. The world faces a grave nutrition situation – but the Sustainable Development Goals present an unprecedented opportunity to change that.
    2. Improving nutrition will be a catalyst for achieving goals throughout the SDGs.

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  • Recourse to Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) at Times of Economic Crisis: The Case of Italy

    Mara Tognetti
    Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
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    The economic crisis that has invested western countries in the last years has determined a significant reduction in consumption of medication and treatments recourse, too. The Economic recession is generally accompanied by a decrease in health-related consumption, varying according to the welfare model, and especially affecting people of working age with a low income. The present paper focuses on the effects of the economic crisis on users of Complementary/Alternative Medicine treatments (from now on referred as CAM). Based on multi-purpose data analyses, this work aims to examine what kind of strategies such consumers have adopted in order not to neglect their health despite feeling the economic pinch. Our analyses are principally based on ISTAT, Italian National Institute for Recording Statistics findings. Specifically, our research is based on the survey “Health conditions and recourse to health services”. The analysed data refer to the Italian context in the period comprised from 2000 to 2013. The results of this work reveal how, in this delicate phase of the economy, traditional consumers of CAM have signally reduced their use of such treatments. In Italy, in the observed period, factors as working status, age, smoking and chronic diseases have been determinant in the decision to use CAM. The article suggests that, where health is at stake, CAM users are more strategic than the average biomedicine users. Furthermore, confirming the past trend, it shows how difficult it is to afford forms of treatment not covered by the health system as well as it underlines the lack of data for comparison with other countries.

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  • Health Inequalities: Access to Services by Immigrants in Italy

    Mara Tognetti
    University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy
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    JSS2015012714222187The presence of migrants as a phenomenon of globalization forces the various world health systems to face up to the problem of inequality penalising this population. Although new to immigration, Italy has seen an increase inp> immigrant health inequalities. Access to health services is a critical issue here.

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  • Poverty and private health expenditures in Italian households during the recent crisis


    During the recent crisis private health expenditures of Italian households have decreased

    This study analyses the relation between poverty and health expenditure

    Results show that poor families have significantly cut down on health spending

    Findings are an alarming signal concerning the deterioration of poor families’ health


    The global financial crisis that began in 2008 had an overall effect on the health behaviours of Italian households. Aggregate private health expenditures have decreased while the citizens have increasingly been asked to share health costs. The reduction of households’ health expenditure could have serious consequences for health, especially if it concerns the most vulnerable people. The aim of this paper is to analyse the relation between poverty and household health expenditure, considering regional and social group variations. The data used stem from the “Family Expenditure Survey” collected by the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT) from 1997 to 2013.

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L’attività dell’OsMeSa si fonda su: attività culturali, attività di ricerca...

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  • Direttore - Mara Tognetti
  • Comitato Scientifico

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Dove Siamo

Facoltà di Sociologia - Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale