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Contempo 1998
June 24, 1998

Global Public Health: Targeting Inequities

Author Affiliations

From the Department of International Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.


Edited by Ronna Henry Siegel, MD, JAMA Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 1998;279(24):1931-1932. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1931

THE COURSE OF global public health in this century can be summarized in 4 words: spectacular accomplishments, spectacular inequities. Progress has been so dramatic that more improvements in the health status of people worldwide have occurred during the 40-year lifetime of a child born in 1958 than were accomplished during the "entire previous span of human history."1 Nevertheless, essential public health resources remain inequitably distributed, and great disparities in health status persist between populations worldwide.

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