Closing the Gap: Where are we one year later?

The Editors


August 28, 2009 marks the first anniversary of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health’s report: Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Noting that “Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale,” the report challenged the international community to achieve health equity within a generation.
In this editorial we offer a brief reflection on where things stand with respect to health equity one year later. Our Themes & Discussions section includes two additional commentaries. Dr. José Carlos Escudero explores the meaning of the report for the WHO and underscores the report’s limitations. A detailed critique of the report, along with an alternative approach to addressing health inequities, is offered by Dr. Anne-Emanuelle Birn. Dr. Birn’s critique is especially important for offering important historical background.

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Editorial Offices:

Department of Family and Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, New York, 10461

Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina Social (ALAMES)/Latin American Social Medicine Association:
ALAMES, Southern Cone Region, Cassinoni 1440 – 802, CP 11200 Montevideo, Uruguay.
ALAMES, Mexico Region, San Jerónimo 70 – 1, Col. La Otra Banda, CP 01090, México, D.F.