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HLTC05 FALL 2012 Week # 1 Readings – Chapter 1 – Equity, Social Determinants and Public Health Programmes 1.1 INTRODUCTION  Achieving greater equity in health is a goal because achieving specific global health goals and development targets without ensuring equitable distribution is pointless  There is limited documentation of experiences w/ interventions and implementation approaches to reduce or halt growing inequities in health  This shortfall is addressed by the Priority Public Health Conditions Knowledge Network (PPHCKN) o Focuses on practise – looking at practically options for action o Expand knowledge territory in a systematic way  Old problems still exist – MALARIA, TB, HIV/AIDS o Due to tools that have been altered by usage – DRUG RESISTANCE o Not sufficiently recognized and appropriately dealt with the inequities underlying health stats.  Most problems are perpetuated by the inequities caused by the way we organize societies o Inequities fuel emergence of new public health problems and result from them  Most health systems concerned with DOWNSTREAM interventions but there needs to be upstream addressing of determinants of health  PPHCKN is looking at these issues from two perspectives o Health conditions perspective – o Programme perspective  Three key events happened o Commission of Social Determinants of Health presented final report o 2008 World Health Report placed health equity as the central value o Global recession impacted the government’s ability to provide and finance social services which are known to be determinants of health  Degree of social exclusion, education, housing, diet, violence, unemployment etc.  Countries have signed up to close the gap within a generation 1.2 – KEY TERMS AND CONCEPTS  Structural determinants and daily life conditions constitute the social determinants of health that explain health inequity o Distribution of power, income, goods and services, health care, work conditions, education, access to health care,  Health equity is a moral position and a logically-derived principle o Inequity is unjust because it is avoidable – we have the tools at the ready, the social conditions are not right however  Three principal measures to describe inequities o Health disadvantages – due to differences between segments of populations or between societies o Health gaps – arising from the differences between the worse off and everyone else o Health gradients – differences across the whole spectrum of population  Equity also about opportunity, empowerment, security, and dignity that all people want regardless of it bei
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