IJEqH Volume 11
Supplement 1 to ISEqH VI International Conference
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"10 Years On" >see more

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Barbara Starfield




An International Society and Journal for Equity in Health: 10 years on

Corresponding author: John Furler j.furler@unimelb.edu.au


"June 2010 marked the 10th Anniversary of the foundation meeting of the International Society for Equity in Health (ISEqH). The formation of the Society was a bold statement, with ambitions to be a global body "to promote equity in health and health services internationally through education, research, publication, communication and charitable support". The Society particularly aimed to be an organisation that facilitated research on how better to understand and address inequities in health."

"This paper sets out to record some of the milestones of the Society drawing on the reflections of key researchers who attended the conferences as well as others. The history of the Society will help shape its future and how it responds to important issues facing all interested in global efforts to address continuing and unacceptable inequities in health."

"Ten years on, much has been achieved. The Society has played a role in supporting the wider group of researchers, policymakers and practitioners with a commitment to social justice and equity. There is still more to do. The current Board has expressed interest in focusing on building research capacity in low and middle income countries in the next two years. The Society is particularly keen on ensuring that health reform is closely linked to a focus on equity."

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/10/1/11