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Health, equity and the post-2015 agenda: raising the voices of marginalized communities

Edited by Dr Peter Hill, Dr Ana Lorena Ruano and Mr Eric Friedman​​​​​​​
International Journal for Equity in Health

After more than a year of global consultations, the United Nations convenes to agree on a broad outline of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and begin a year-long state negotiation process. Concerned that the voices of marginalized communities are not being sufficiently sought out and listened to, the international research consortium 'Goals and Governance for Global Health' (Go4Health) has undergone a series of health-focused consultations in marginalized communities in nine countries to seek their views on their essential health needs, accountability, and more. Many of the results and associated lessons are being published in this thematic series.

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

Read the associated blog: "Life after the Millennium Development Goals: Raising the voices of marginalized communities"

View all collections published in International Journal for Equity in Health


  1. Research

    Abuse and discrimination towards indigenous people in public health care facilities: experiences from rural Guatemala

    Health inequalities disproportionally affect indigenous people in Guatemala. Previous studies have noted that the disadvantageous situation of indigenous people is the result of complex and structural elements...

    Alejandro Cerón, Ana Lorena Ruano, Silvia Sánchez, Aiken S. Chew, Diego Díaz, Alison Hernández and Walter Flores

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2016 15:77

    Published on: 13 May 2016

  2. Research

    Making the post-MDG global health goals relevant for highly inequitable societies: findings from a consultation with marginalized populations in Guatemala

    The United Nations presented a set of Millennium Development Goals that aimed to improve social and economic development and eradicate poverty by 2015. Most low and middle-income countries will not meet these ...

    Ana Lorena Ruano, Silvia Sánchez, Fernando José Jerez and Walter Flores

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:57

    Published on: 10 October 2014

  3. Research Article

    Facilitating health and wellbeing is "everybody's role": youth perspectives from Vanuatu on health and the post-2015 sustainable development goal agenda

    Progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) amongst Pacific island countries (PICs) has seen mixed results. As focus shifts to formulation of new health-related development goals be...

    Simon A Sheridan, Claire E Brolan, Lisa Fitzgerald, John Tasserei, Marie-France Maleb, Jean-Jacques Rory and Peter S Hill

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:80

    Published on: 10 October 2014

  4. Research

    Aboriginal medical services cure more than illness: a qualitative study of how Indigenous services address the health impacts of discrimination in Brisbane communities

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders persistently experience a significantly lower standard of health in comparison to non-Indigenous Australians. The factors contributing to this disparity are complex and e...

    Josifini T Baba, Claire E Brolan and Peter S Hill

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:56

    Published on: 10 October 2014

  5. Commentary

    Global constitutionalism, responsibility to protect, and extra-territorial obligations to realize the right to health: time to overcome the double standard (once again)

    If human rights are “inalienable rights of all members of the human family”, as is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then no government should be allowed to deny people of them. When some...

    Gorik Ooms and Rachel Hammonds

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:68

    Published on: 10 October 2014

  6. Commentary

    Community participation in formulating the post-2015 health and development goal agenda: reflections of a multi-country research collaboration

    Global discussion on the post-2015 development goals, to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire on 31 December 2015, is well underway. While the Millennium Development Goals focused on redre...

    Claire E Brolan, Sameera Hussain, Eric A Friedman, Ana Lorena Ruano, Moses Mulumba, Itai Rusike, Claudia Beiersmann and Peter S Hill

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:66

    Published on: 10 October 2014

  7. Research

    Perceptions and experiences of access to public healthcare by people with disabilities and older people in Uganda

    In the year 2000, a set of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were presented as a way to channel global efforts into the reduction of poverty and the promotion of social development. A global discussion...

    Moses Mulumba, Juliana Nantaba, Claire E Brolan, Ana Lorena Ruano, Katie Brooker and Rachel Hammonds

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2014 13:76

    Published on: 8 October 2014

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