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The relationship between clinician and patient has been the bedrock of the global health equity movement. It was the call for access to basic medical services for patients—and patients demanding empowerment for their community health workers—that drove the Health for All movement in the 1970s. It was the insistence by patients, activists, and clinicians for all people with AIDS to receive treatment that led to the transformation in access starting just 10 years ago in the developing world. That insistence will continue to be the energy and lifeblood of the movement—patients claiming their rights, and physicians supporting their patients—together advocating for a world in which a child born anywhere can have a life of opportunity, dignity, and access to quality health care.
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