Ministry of Health focuses on eliminating inequities in health system

Ministry of Health focuses on eliminating inequities in health system

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The Ministry of Health teamed up with the World Health Organisation for World Health Day yesterday as it puts focus on calls to eliminate health inequities.

April 7 was the day used to create worldwide awareness around priority areas that concern the World Health Organisation.

Building a fairer, healthier world for everyone does still mean that the world is still very unequal and needs to affect more significant change.


“In Aotearoa New Zealand, we also acknowledge that people have differences in health that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust,” says Ministry of Health Deputy Director-General Mâori Health John Whaanga.

“We know there is a significant gap in health equity between Mâori and other New Zealanders: Mâori are more likely to die than non-Mâori at all ages, and Mâori health status remains unequal with non-Mâori across almost all chronic and infectious diseases, as well as injuries.”

Reportedly the Ministry of Health stands behind Te Tiriti o Waitangi and puts dedication towards the achievement of equitable health outcomes for all New Zealanders.

Addressing racism, discrimination within the health and disability system.

“While some gains have been made, more work needs to be done to achieve health equity for whânau Mâori living in New Zealand. Health inequities are preventable, and achieving equity within the New Zealand health system is a priority,” said John Whaanga.

“We can all contribute to achieving equity by being open to look at new ways of doing things and by challenging our own preconceptions about how things should work. We all have a part to play in creating a future health and disability system that is equitable for all and free from all forms of racism and discrimination.”


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