Thursday, January 26, 2012

[EQ] Health For All: Why equity is crucial

Health For All: Why equity is crucial

Research Watch - the web TV/magazine of the UNICEF Office of Research - 2012

The Debate: Why is equity in health care crucial for the well being of children?

Cesar Victora, President of the International Epidemiological Association,
Janet Vega, the Director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health policy in Chile, and
Mickey Chopra, UNICEF's Chief of Health.

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In Look Out For:
Christopher Garimoi Orach from Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, gives an insight into research on the unmet needs of new and expectant mothers in displaced populations in Uganda, and Gavin Mooney from the University of Cape Town discusses research on the impact of health care payments on families, and in particular on the well-being of children.

Sofia Gruskin, Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Institute for Global Health provides a Commentary on the interplay of
Equity, Human Rights and Health.

“……….All too often what has been counted falls back into a traditional paradigm of economic inequity – measuring poorest and richest quintiles – not for lack of interest but for lack of agreement on an appropriate measure, let alone what priority measures should be. While we all recognize the need to go further, tested and validated measures bringing attention to geographic, ethnic, age and gender disparities are few, let alone those which truly measure inequities and inequalities in health and the related availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of services as mandated under the right to health. But this must be the goal, with important implications for the health and well-being of children. …………”




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