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Addressing health inequalities: the role of service user and people's health movements

Ann Davis

in Social work and global health inequalities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.003.0015
Addressing health inequalities: the role of service user and people's health movements

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While social work reflects a rich diversity of practice globally, it shares one important characteristic: its daily encounters with some of the most impoverished casualties of unequal societies. Whatever issues service users bring to these encounters, the impact of structural inequalities on their health chances as well as health experiences are evident. As older people, parents and children living in poverty, and people with HIV/AIDS, disabilities, mental-health problems, and learning difficulties, they struggle with the scarce resources they have at their disposal to fully realise their well-being and citizenship. Contributors to this book have built a strong case as to why the social-work profession should challenge the social order in pursuing issues of human rights and social justice in the countries in which they live and practice, as well as addressing health inequalities. This chapter gives brief consideration to the way in which this challenge can be strengthened through building alliances with service-user organisations and global people's health and social movements.

Keywords: social work; service users; social order; human rights; social justice; alliances; service-user organisations; social movements; health inequalities

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