Social Determination
of Health

The area of Social Determination of Health the social, environmental and cultural aspects that have a direct impact on the well-being of the population. Therefore, its mission is to support the reduction of inequalities through the generation of information, intersectoral coordination and community participation. In addition, it carries out mappings, researches and systematizes themes and social indicators.


Work topics

– Interculturality

– Social Participation

– Food Labelling

– Anti-tobacco policies

Isabel Iturria Caamaño

Isabel Iturria Caamaño

Medical-surgeon with a specialty in Cardiology from the Central University of Venezuela and Bachelor in Public Health Management and Pharmacoepidemiology, Isabel received her PhD in Management Sciences having written her doctoral thesis in the area of social determination of health at UNEFA, Caracas. She was the head of the Ministry of Popular Power for Health of Venezuela in 2013, deputy minister in 2010-2011, and also director of the Children’s Latin American Cardiological Hospital since 2006.




Telehealth: Potential and threat

Isabel Ituria Caamaño Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the use of networks arising from the technological possibilities of the Internet and the web represent a new field of possibilities and challenges in health for the planet: a new field of possibilities for democratization, participation and solidarity, and for individual and collective health, but also […]


Intercultural health, a decolonial proposal

In recent decades a new theoretical approach has emerged in South America, academics in different countries have begun to talk about another paradigm, another knowledge: decoloniality, that is, thinking from the south, from our reality as former European colonies and recognizing the effects of that process. Therefore, A. Quijano, Peruvian philosopher, employs for the first […]


The 2018 Annual Operative Plan of ISAGS is under way

Every year, ISAGS submits to its Directing Council the work proposals for the following year. It’s the so-called Annual Operative Plan (POA 2018), which gathers and systematizes the main initiatives that will be carried out by the Institute’s different areas of action. “After an excellent year of activities and a good regional positioning in 2017, […]


PAN AMERICAN SANITARY CONFERENCE 2017: The participation of the countries of UNASUR

Read all about the decisions, resolutions and participation of the South American countries in the conference of the Pan American Health Organization


Balance of the UNASUR Health Week

Brief account of four key days for South American health: the approval of the Medicines Price Bank, the expansion of the food labelling policy, the unanimous criticism of the pharmaceutical industry‘s speculation regarding hepatitis C and the launch of ISAGS monthly journal: Health to the South. Never before had the General Secretariat of UNASUR hosted […]