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[afro-nets] Targeting and equity 'fixing the worst cases' does not and cannot address the basic issues
- From: "Claudio Schuftan" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:56:47 -0000
August blog Claudio Schuftan
My column this month comes in two parts linked by one word. This is 'target' in two of its meanings. These are 'targetry' and also 'setting targets'. The concepts that I want to get across to you are self-evident as you read along.
In the name of greater equity, many currently proposed approaches to resolve the problems of health and nutrition still very often favour and select actions covering, for the most part, strategies that target services to the disadvantaged and malnourished, such as the measurements of weight and height of little children. This strategic approach, it is purported, represents a move towards equity. But does it really? Many of us rather think that what is needed is to mobilise a strong popular movement that demands a comprehensive, truly equity-oriented health and nutrition policy.
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