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About some evidences of health literacy

Caleiro, António (2020): About some evidences of health literacy.

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Education and health are two fundamental pillars for development. This was immediately evident in the creation of the Human Development Index (HDI), by the United Nations Development Programme, back in the 1990s. In fact, knowledge and a long and healthy life – as is well known, two of the three dimensions of the HDI – interact with each other, being clear that better education contributes to a healthier, therefore longer, life, and this, in turn, allows for a better level of education. Given the above, the purpose of this paper is to analyze the importance of health education in contributing to sustainable development. From the outset, this importance derives from the nature of merit goods, which education and healthcare generally assume. Thus, gains in these pillars of development spread throughout the community, making sustainability easier to achieve.

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