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Inequity in Health Persists: Should Switzerland Be Concerned?

MMS Symposium, 6 November 2019

Medicus Mundi Switzerland

Inequity is one of the strongest drivers of poor health within a population. Health equity resonates with the SDGs’ overarching principle of leaving no one behind and the implicit moral imperative of achieving social justice. Health inequities are systematic differences in the health status of different population groups related to, for example, poverty, disability, race, class and gender. These inequities have significant social and economic costs both to individuals and to population groups as a whole and are judged to be avoidable, unfair and unjust. (World Health Organisation: Health Equity)

Inequity in Health Persists: Should Switzerland Be Concerned?

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Inequity hinders access to power, resources and funding and thus makes it difficult to build a healthy population within a country or region. Improving equity within the health sector, as well as in those sectors influencing health outcomes, remains a challenge both within international health cooperation and on the political level. Achieving health equity requires communities to work together to change policies and practices in order to create access, resources and opportunities that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of ALL people. It requires addressing not only epidemiological and demographic issues related to equity but also assessing policies, institutions, politics and power.

The 2019 MMS Symposium is focusing on the following elements:

  • Understanding: What are the underlying root causes to health inequity? Who is affected? What is the current state of evidence?
  • Learning: What can public health programmes do to improve health equity?
  • Debating: How can Switzerland play a significant role in addressing health inequities?

Equity is the absence of avoidable, unfair or remediable differences among groups of people, whether those groups are defined socially, economically, demographically, geographically or by other means of stratification. “Health equity” or “equity in health” implies that ideally everyone should have a fair opportunity to attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential. (World Health Organisation: Health Equity)

The symposium is part of a long-term cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). 



A special thanks goes to the Swiss Red Cross for their generous financial contribution.


Date and Time of the MMS Symposium

6 November 2019; 9:00 am  – 4:30 pm


Pullman Hotel, Basel
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Translations into German and English will be provided.

Further Information

Carine Weiss, Netzwork Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)61 383 18 12


  • Standard Fee: CHF 170
  • MMS Members: CHF 80
  • Students: CHF 80


Registered participants who cancel less than 24 hours before the start of the conference must pay the full amount.

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