Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Outcry against Inequity

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Outcry against Inequity

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GLOBAL HEALTH NEWS

The World Health Organization Commission on the Social Determinants of Health has called for politicians and healthcare professionals to unite globally to counter health inequity in its interim report published this September.

Professor Sir Michael Marmot, chair of The Commission, says: 'The time for action is now. Not just because better health makes economic sense. But because it is right and just.'

According to the interim report, life expectancy for a European child increased by about 30 years over the last century, and is still rising. Between 1970 and 2000, a south Asian child's life expectancy rose by 13 years, and life expectancy for a child in sub-Saharan Africa rose by just 4 months during the same period. The report also expresses concern for the lack of improvement in health in the countries of central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

As well as inequity between regions and nations, the report also decries the dramatic health inequalities found within the national borders. …

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