Global health equity requires global equity

Nason Maani, Salma M. Abdalla, Catherine K. Ettman, Lily Parsey, Emma Rhule, Pascale Allotey, Sandro Galea*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Many global health challenges are characterized by the inequitable patterning of their health and economic consequences, which are etched along the lines of pre-existing inequalities in resources, power, and opportunity. These links require us to reconsider how we define global health equity, and what we consider as most consequential in its pursuit. In this article, we discuss the extent to which improving underlying global equity is an essential prerequisite to global health equity. We conclude that if we are to improve global health equity, there is a need to focus more on foundational—rather than proximal—causes of ill health and propose ways in which this can be achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-196
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Equity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • social determinants of health
  • health inequality
  • decision-making
  • global health


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