Progress on health equity is stalling across Europe; new WHO report reveals gaps can be reduced within the lifetime of a single government

Progress on health equity is stalling across Europe; new WHO report reveals gaps can be reduced within the lifetime of a single government

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives.

“For the first time, the Health Equity Status Report provides governments with the data and tools they need to tackle health inequities and produce visible results in a relatively short period of time, even within the lifetime of a national government of 4 years,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

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