IJEqH Volume 11
Supplement 1 to ISEqH VI International Conference
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Barbara Starfield




Health equity is an ethical value, inherently normative, based on the principle of distributive justice and in line with the principles of human rights. However, it is necessary to banish the illusion that the problem of health equity can be paid off in the discourse of universal ethics. Inequities in health have consistently placed groups of people who are already socially disadvantaged at further disadvantaged with respect to their health, being this essential to the welfare and overcoming other effects of social disadvantage. In this context, it must be consider that the structure of society needs became more complex and heterogenised, requiring the articulation - within the framework of universal and democratic guarantees - of positive differentiation mechanisms that take into account the diversity of requeriments of specific groups. Reaching equity should become not just an expression of principles: it is necessary to establish links between different actors and disciplines to achieve an effective way to guarantee the right to health care. From here arises ISEqH, in order to promote equity in health and health services internationally through education, research, publication, communication and charitable support, aligning their goals to:

  • (a) Promote equity and expose inequity in health and in health care services internationally;
  • (b) Facilitate scientific interchange of, and disseminate conceptual and methodological knowledge on issues related to equity in health and health care services;
  • (c) Advance research related to equity in health; and
  • (d) Maintain corresponding relationship with other relevant international and regional organizations.