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Global Health Practitioners Should Use Equity As Tool To Improve Health Services Planning, Delivery

The Lancet Global Health: Bridging the global health gap
Editorial Board

“If there is one constant in the evolving global health agenda, it is the need to address disparities in health. … [T]here are notable variations in health outcomes between population groups, and one of the goals of global health practitioners is to reduce them. … [T]he impatient global health observer cannot help but wonder why all the knowledge and discourse on inequalities and inequities have not led to their quicker and more effective reduction. Clearly … the underlying causes of inequities and inequalities are complex and go beyond the remit of the health sector. But could global health practitioners adjust the way they address these issues to reach better results? … [E]quity should go beyond being just a concept and become a tool to be used to improve health planning and drive the nature of health services. With the inclusion of a goal entirely dedicated to equality in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 10), the development community — with global health practitioners at its core — seems to have been given a whole new toolbox to work with. Let us hope it proves adept at using it” (September 2016).