Tackling health inequities
This year, PAHO will work with countries to strengthen efforts to address health equity and tackle the structural and social determinants of health, meaning the underlying conditions and mechanisms that lead to health inequities.
PAHO will help with implementation of equitable, participatory and inclusive health policies and will support the work of the health sector with other sectors such as labor, social protection and education, since health inequities are affected by policies and actions of those other ministries.
These policies will address health inequities related to gender, ethnicity, disability, occupation and employment, migration status, and living in remote rural regions or disadvantaged urban areas. PAHO will also work with countries to strengthen collection and analysis of data and monitor health inequities.
Other 2021 priorities will include:
- ensuring equitable, gender- and culturally sensitive COVID-19 responses, especially access to vaccines, within a human rights framework;
- generating conditions that allow for a post-COVID-19 recovery – build back better – with a special focus on the most affected populations in situations of vulnerability.
Finally, as part of a year-long campaign, WHO will call for global action to address health inequities on the April 7 World Health Day, and PAHO will work with member nations to emphasize this focus.