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Executive Summary 2
Bridging the health inequity gap through human development initiatives 3
Unified Policy and Planning Framework: Pathway to Human Development 5
Executing policies at a decentralised level, customising impact according to need state 7
Table 1: Crucial Indicators of Social and Health Differences in Major Indian States 13
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Table 2: Innovations in different states of India at a policy level 15
In the era of automation and artificial intelligence, where creativity and innovation spin the wheel in most areas of human life, struggling to achieve victory over social evils like poverty, social and economic deprivation is no less than a bane for human development. The health status of the economically and socially deprived sections of the society is sub-standard and is caused by unequal distribution of income, goods and services. The vulnerability of these deprived sections makes it difficult to improve their health status and reduce health inequity; the pain points being impact of poor social policies and programmes, biased economic arrangements and chronic issues of economic and social deprivation. Their health condition can be considerably transformed only by adopting a social determinants approach, which improves their daily living conditions, enables to fight against inequitable distribution of power and resources and customized regional policies to resolve their multiple development challenges.
A sustainable path is what we need to travel the last mile on eradicating hunger, achieving 100% gender equality, improving health services and ensuring education for each and every child (which have been the Global Goals)i.
On a promising note, all health forums have brainstormed and recognized the social determinants dimension of health. Millennium Development Goals are set as a very important step in that direction. The Voluntary Health...