Equity, Human Rights, and Health: Here, There and Back Again

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“The Countdown to 2015 for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival monitors coverage of priority interventions to achieve the child mortality and maternal health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A June 2010 Lancet article summarizing the report offered welcome news to those of us concerned with the rights and health of children. It noted the need to go beyond the MDGs to truly impact newborn, child and maternal survival, and emphasized work underway to develop measures that “include elements that are indicative of social determinants of health” (pg 2036). It is promising to see the donor community beginning to reengage with concepts related to equity and rights. It remains unclear, however, if relevant measures can actually be married to the MDGs, and alongside this whether current discussion of these measures in political for a are actually going to take us where we need to go in terms of public health policy, research and practice – or at least any time soon.”

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Authors: Sofia Gruskin
Published By: Innocenti Research Center Blog
Date: January 1, 2011
Publication Link: https://www.unicef-irc.org/article/845/

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