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All the 32 member states in the World Health Organization European Region adopted a common health policy in 1980), followed by unanimous agreement on 38 regional targets in 1984. The first of these targets is concerned with equity.
However, it has not always been clear what is meant by equity and health and this paper sets out to clarify the concepts and principles. This is not meant to be a technical document, but one aimed at raising awareness and stimulating debate in a wide general audience, including all those whose policies have an influence on health, both within and outside the health sector.
Health Equity and Social Justice Toolkit