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Challenging Inequities in HealthFrom Ethics to Action$
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Timothy Evans, Margaret Whitehead, Finn Diderichsen, Abbas Bhuiya, and Meg Wirth

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195137408

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.2) Chapter 1 Introduction
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Challenging Inequities in Health
Author(s):

TIMOTHY EVANS

MARGARET WHITEHEAD

FINN DIDERICHSEN

ABBAS BHUIYA

MEG WIRTH

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195137408.003.0001

This chapter introduces the issue of unacceptable disparities in health that exist between different groups within societies: between poor, middle-income and rich groups, between urban and rural, and between black and white/ethnic populations within countries. It sets the scene for the rest of the book by outlining the meaning of “health equity” and its converse, “inequities in health”; why the issue is considered a major challenge to public health, and how countries could go about measuring and tackling observed inequities. It draws on evidence in the subsequent chapters from thirteen countries around the globe. The challenge, as seen throughout this book, is not merely the promotion of health, but a fair chance for all to achieve it.

Keywords:   health equity, disparities, inequities in health, gender

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