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Implementing the Millennium Development Goals

Health Inequality and the Role of Global Health Partnerships

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This Note examines the extent of health inequalities within and between countries and analyses ways in which global health partnerships (GHPs) – an innovative and important vehicle for international cooperation – can alleviate health inequality so as to support developing countries in achieving internationally agreed goals in health, including the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Implementing the Millennium Development Goals: Health inequality and the role of global health partnerships

Despite progress made over recent decades, health conditions in many developing countries are still unsatisfactory and, in many instances, the health status of their populations remains below that enjoyed by people in developed countries. Global inequalities in health status reflect, to a large extent, the socio-economic disparities that exist between rich and poor countries. Equally, health inequalities are prevalent between or among different socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and cultural groups within countries. At the same time, many people in developing countries, particularly in low-income countries, suffer from preventable or easily treatable diseases.

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