Saturday, December 3, 2011

[EQ] Eliminating Health Inequities: Every Woman and Every Child Counts

Eliminating Health Inequities: Every Woman and Every Child Counts

Women and children neglected in drive for equitable health for all


New report from the Red Cross and The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health calls for barriers to health services to be removed.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), November 2011


PDF [44p.] English at:  


“……The report paints a stark picture of global health inequities and focuses on women and children not only because many suffer undue hardship, but also because women are instrumental in improving the health of their children, families and communities.

The report contains a set of concrete recommendations for action by different stakeholders, including government, donors and civil society, to improve access to quality care and health information, and greater gender equality. The recommendations take a holistic approach, linking health inequities to poverty, gender bias, and human rights violations, which are in turn impact on education, transport, health, agriculture and overall well-being.

Success stories of social and political action in 10 countries around the world, including Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Austria, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Eritrea, are also highlighted….”



Chapter 1. Focusing on women and children is a good place to start

The unique needs of women and children

Social inequities compound biological differences, exacerbating vulnerabilities

Double the risk and double the neglect: HIV and women who use drugs

Chapter 2. The time to act is now

Progress in reaching MDGs disguises burdens

Human rights is the framework to eliminate health inequities

Chapter 3. The scale of the problem: the dimensions of health inequities

Public health systems are both a cause and a solution to health inequities

Poverty amid current universal trends exacerbates health inequities

Public policies committed to equity present opportunities

Chapter 4. The Red Cross Red Crescent response

A holistic approach to health equity informed by human rights

Provide prevention, treatment, care and support when and where needed

Make reliable, accurate information available and encourage health-seeking behaviours

Promote gender equality, empower women and girls, and enlist the support of men and boys

Obstacles and opportunities

The way forward




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