Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action by Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas

By Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas Bhuiya, Meg Wirth

There's a turning out to be feel that the "health hole" among socioeconomic teams is getting worse in lots of international locations. to deal with this hole, conceptual readability and empirical proof are wanted besides a better concentrate on fairness in policy-making. This ebook is designed to give state of the art learn and coverage research to a large non-specialist readership of scholars, execs and policy-makers. It brings jointly in a single quantity new views at the conceptual foundations of wellbeing and fitness fairness, empirical facts at the scale and nature of he inequities in future health in twelve international locations all over the world, and checks of the linked coverage advancements and their implications for the long run. It goals to aid construct worldwide ability to degree, visual display unit and interpret advancements in healthiness fairness at a countrywide and foreign point. The in-depth kingdom analyses draw on epidemiology, demography, economics and different fields to process future health inequalities from a number of diverse angles. the subjects lined variety from adolescent livelihoods in Tanzania to the healthiness burden of indigenous peoples in Mexico, from healthiness fairness in Japan to the gender hole in existence expectancy in Russia. The ebook is a distinct demonstration of world cooperation in bringing jointly and giving equivalent weight to paintings on overall healthiness fairness conducted within the southern and northerly hemispheres.

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The chapter suggests that health equity is best thought of not as a social goal in and of itself, but as inherently imbedded in a more general pursuit of social justice. As such, it attempts to provide support to those who invite us to “resist the hubristic belief that, as public health professionals, we have all the answers or can by ourselves improve the public’s health without efforts to ensure social and economic justice” (Krieger and Birn 1998: 1603). The Concept of Health: Its Causes and Its Distribution Inevitably, the concept of health—its definition and measurement—is a fundamental starting point in the discussion of health equity, about which there are many important ethical issues.

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