The global political determinants of health inequity

What are the most important transnational political determinants of health inequity as we enter the final decade of the SDG era, and how can we best address them?

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In 2014, the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health published its report, The political origins of health inequity: prospects for change. It showed that health inequities within and between countries cannot be addressed only through healthcare or domestic policies. Norms, policies, and practices across nations, involving diverse actors, are political determinants that cause and maintain health inequities.

This online panel took stock of the enormous global transformations and impact on health and health equity since the Commission’s report. Panelists also looked to the future. What are the most important transnational political determinants of health inequity as we enter the important, final decade of the SGD era, and how can we best address them? This panel was organised by the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health.


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  • Professor Fadi El-Jardali, Associate Professor of Health Policy & Systems, American University of Beirut, Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice.
  • Dr Asha George, chair of Health Systems Global.
  • Dr Orin Levine, Director of Vaccine Delivery within the Global Development Division, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Professor Kelley Lee, Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance, Simon Fraser University, Canada


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The panel is a satellite session of The Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Re-imagining health systems for better health and social justice.

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Published Nov. 18, 2020 3:12 PM - Last modified July 1, 2021 10:05 AM