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Challenging Inequities in Health

Edited by Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas Bhuiya and Meg Wirth

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137408
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.001.0001
Challenging Inequities in Health

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This book is concerned with the research and policy analysis of the Global Health Equity Initiative (GHEI). It gives a truly global perspective on health equity, with contributors from each country. Reflecting the purpose of the GHEI itself, this book aims to contribute to the building of global capacity to measure, monitor, and interpret developments in health equity at national and international levels to underpin action. A conscious effort is made to focus analysis on inequities in health status, rather than access to health services, and on health inequities within countries, rather than the more often discussed inequities between countries. Insights about health equity from fields of epidemiology, demography, economics, and social science are brought to life in country studies from Bangladesh, Chile, China, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. The book is organized around four key elements that structure a systematic response to inequities in health: establishing and strengthening share values, describing the health divide and analyzing causes, tackling the root causes of inequities in health, and reducing the negative consequences of ill health and building more equitable health care systems. The last part offers insights into developing the policy response to inequities in health from a global perspective.

Keywords: health equity; inequities; disparities; ethics; policy; global

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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Introduction in Challenging Inequities in Health

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The Social Basis of Disparities in Health in Challenging Inequities in Health

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Ethical Dimensions of Health Equity in Challenging Inequities in Health

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Health Equity in a Globalizing World in Challenging Inequities in Health

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