There is a growing sense that the "health gap" between socioeconomic groups is getting worse in many countries. To address this gap, conceptual clarity and empirical evidence are needed along with a greater focus on equity in policy-making. This book is designed to present cutting-edge research and policy analysis to a wide non-specialist readership of students, professionals and policy-makers. It brings together in one volume new perspectives on the conceptual foundations of health equity, empirical evidence on the scale and nature of he inequities in health in twelve countries around the world, and assessments of the associated policy developments and their implications for the future. It aims to help build global capacity to measure, monitor and interpret developments in health equity at a national and international level. The in-depth country analyses draw on epidemiology, demography, economics and other fields to approach health inequalities from several different angles. The topics covered range from adolescent livelihoods in Tanzania to the health burden of indigenous peoples in Mexico, from health equity in Japan to the gender gap in life expectancy in Russia. The book is a unique demonstration of global cooperation in bringing together and giving equal weight to work on health equity carried out in the southern and northern hemispheres.
"...has been awaited several years as a text for international health, health systems, and equity courses; critical reading for researchers in this field; and a reference for program managers and decision makers to absorb as they contemplate the development or progress of their health policies and interventions."--JAMA2002 "...opens the door to a fundamental debate about how to reduce health inequalities by discussing ethics and policy."--New England Journal of Medicine December 2001 "The editors have succeeded admirably in making a largely coherent whole out of disparate material from numerous authors all over the globe...Striking photographs provide an additional eloquent touch. Newcomers and seasoned researchers alike will find this collection of studies invaluable."--Bulletin of the World Health Organization New Titles in Bioethics, Jan-March 2002
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st June 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.09 x 21.11 x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.99