Health seems to be more critical than health care. Diseases are caused by factors beyond clinical settings, like obesity, personal behaviours and environmental exposures (Lang & Rayner 2000). As shown by the present recession, socioeconomic impacts can influence health and social development more deeply than any other thing. Social factors such as income, race or ethnicity and education are strongly associated and exert independent influence on the health sector. For instance, upper-income Africans are unhealthier than the upper-income Europeans are. Assessing the inequalities using a single variable introduces confounding estimates of the benefits of correcting social and health policies (Ostbye, Dement & Krause 2007). The confounding benefits of social and health policies together with the unequal delivery and poor quality of health services worsens the present situations. In this regard, this report discusses the social determinant of health and critically analyses how social policies are applied in Camden Town in London.
Camden’s Demographic Information
Camden presents one of the most challenging contexts in London, being a relatively small vibrant borough of vast contrast and diversity. Camden is an inner London and covers an area of about 22 square kilometers. It neighbours Brent, Barnet, Haringey, City of London, Westminster and Islington. The recent estimate of the population in 2009 gives a total population of 210, 600, with 34600 being children aged 14 years and below. Approximately one fifth of the entire population of Camden is aged below 20 years.