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Introduction

TIMOTHY EVANS, MARGARET WHITEHEAD, FINN DIDERICHSEN, ABBAS BHUIYA and MEG WIRTH

in Challenging Inequities in Health

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137408
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199863983 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.003.0001
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This chapter introduces the issue of unacceptable disparities in health that exist between different groups within societies: between poor, middle-income and rich groups, between urban and rural, and between black and white/ethnic populations within countries. It sets the scene for the rest of the book by outlining the meaning of “health equity” and its converse, “inequities in health”; why the issue is considered a major challenge to public health, and how countries could go about measuring and tackling observed inequities. It draws on evidence in the subsequent chapters from thirteen countries around the globe. The challenge, as seen throughout this book, is not merely the promotion of health, but a fair chance for all to achieve it.

Keywords: health equity; disparities; inequities in health; gender

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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