Addis Ababa Declaration, a call on Global Health Equity

At the conclusion of the 13th World Congress on Public Health, held 22 – 27 April 2012 in Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), the WFPHA issued the Addis Ababa Declaration, a call on Global Health Equity:

…….a call to act on closing some of the critical gaps in global health and well-being…….

Available online at: http://bit.ly/JMP6oS

“…….This includes working across sectors and disciplines and in true partnership with communities to:

  1. Promote and attain social justice and equity in health by acting through a ‘Social Determinants of Health’ approach;
  2. Accelerate the attainment of national and international development goals by building and redistributing resources to strengthen international, national and local capacity and leadership in public health;
  3. Ensure that better context-specific, comprehensive and equitable targets covering universal health coverage and health for all are integrated into and made more visible within the MDGs as soon as possible;
  4. Enhance and strengthen, both numerically and in capability, the public health workforce, in addition to developing new and effective strategies to retain qualified health professionals;
  5. Combat fraud and corruption, as these are major determinants of health that affect all, but especially the poor and vulnerable;
  6. Recognize physical and mental disabilities and injury prevention as critical components of a public health approach to health equity; and,
  7. Fulfill their financial pledges in respect of the MDGs and to, in addition, fulfill their pledges with respect to the Paris Declaration and to the political declarations on Non-Communicable Diseases and the Social Determinants of Health……”

An article about the 13th World Congress on Public Health and the Addis Abab Declaration appeared in the April 30 issue of the Huffington Post. "Please mind the gap…" by Dr. Peter Byass, Professor of Global Health and Director of the Umea Centre for Global Health Research (Sweden). Available at: http://huff.to/Je2LrC

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