Health inequities are affecting the life and future of all vulnerable groups of society across the world, creating systems of social injustice. By dismantling the barriers to health services and resources, we reduce the burden of disease that affects the future of children, impoverishes entire families and passes social injustice on through the generations.
This report focuses on women and children not only because many of them suffer undue hardship, but also because women are instrumental in improving the health of their children, families and communities. This report provides evidence that health inequities can and need to be addressed through a holistic approach. Health inequities, and the resulting social injustice are closely linked with other issues such as poverty, gender inequality and human rights violations which in turn, have an impact on education, transport, health, agriculture, and overall well-being. Our interventions should therefore be multi-sectoral, going beyond health to address social and economic determinants – malnutrition, alcohol abuse, poor housing, indoor air pollution and poverty, among others.
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