Discussions on global health equity, as a cornerstone of sustainable development and as key to global health security, predate the Covid-19 pandemic. Universal health coverage is one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets with the aim to ensure access for all individuals and communities to quality health services. Achieving health equity requires significant investment and action on the social determinants of health. The current pandemic has, however, shown that commitments to health equity have failed to materialise in practice. Despite decades of policy engagement in championing the SDGs, the ongoing commitment to “leaving no one behind” and several other international frameworks that encouraged ceding power to local actors, there has been a failure to provide equal access to vaccines globally. What has changed in the discourse on global health equity since the outbreak of Covid-19? What have we learned about the opportunities, trade-offs and challenges of ensuring equitable access to healthcare? Finally, what does the future of health equity look like in a post-Covid-19 world? Join us for an engaging discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities in global health equity.
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