Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0864-3466
ARTILES VISBAL, Leticia . Health equity and ethnics from a gender perspective. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2007, vol.33, n.3. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662007000300008.
The concept of health equity considered as equal opportunities of access to available resources, the democratic distribution of power and knowledge in the healthcare system, a health policy for the benefit of all citizens without any privilege on account of race, gender, territory, disability or another feature of group or personal distinctiveness is a statement that shows substantial breaks when one deepens into the social realities of the peoples. The main international and governmental organizations have expressed their views in Summit Conferences and other events from which mandates have originated aimed at attaining social equity and particularly health equity in specific time periods such as The Cairo (1994) and Beijing (1995) Programs as well as the recent Milenium Development Goals, but their results still lay down in theoretical frameworks that do not show the realities of the nations. The objective of this paper was to place the main health equity and ethnics problems from a gender perspective in the forefront so as to underline the urgent need of responding to the realities full of inequalities that still prevail.
Keywords : Health equity; ethnics; gender.