Investment for health

Investment for health:

Investment for health refers to resources which are explicitly dedicated to the production of health and health gain. They may be invested by public and private agencies as well as by people as individuals and groups. Investment for health strategies are based on knowledge about the determinants of health and seek to gain political commitment to healthy public policies.

Reference: new definition

Investment for health is not restricted to resources which are devoted to the provision and use of health services and may include, for example, investments made by people (individually or collectively) in education, housing, empowerment of women or child development. Greater investment for health also implies reorientation of existing resource distribution within the health sector towards health promotion and disease prevention. A significant proportion of investments for health are undertaken by people in the context of their everyday life as part of personal and family health maintenance strategies.

See also healthy public policy and supportive environments for health

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1