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Health for all : radical new approach to global health

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Abstract: Despite major advances in knowledge and unprecedented gains in global wealth, health inequities between the rich and poor are increasing, both within and among countries. Poverty, poor living and working conditions and the inability to influence these conditions are directly related to poor health. The 2008 report of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health observes that ‘social injustice is killing people on a grand scale’. The WHO report is one of three recent publications that highlight the urgent need to improve universal access to health care by means of a new approach to health. This approach, which is gaining momentum among specialists worldwide, involves addressing health issues in a comprehensive way – with a focus on systems instead of sectors – and tackling head-on the socio-economic causes of poor health and health inequity.
Authors: Barten, F. , Schrecker, T. , Woodward, D.
Category: Policy
End Page: 15
Serial number: 12
ISSN: 1874-2033
Journal: The Broker
Keywords: health , health services , social development , economic development , poverty
Language: eng
Organization: The Broker
Year: 2009
Right: © 2009 IDP. This article has been licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license.
Subject: Health and Nutrition
Start Page: 9
Title: Health for all : radical new approach to global health