WHO WE ARE
The Equity Initiative is an exciting program to nurture and facilitate the development of a new generation of health equity leaders (500+) over a twenty-year period. The Initiative has two objectives: to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leadership through its fellowship program, and to build a collaborative community for promoting health equity in the region. This unique initiative is linked to global and regional institutions and partners, world-class expertise and knowledge, with long-term vision and committed sustained support, backed by a pooled fund from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the China Medical Board.
WHY HEALTH EQUITY?
Health equity is beyond health; it’s not just an issue for medical professionals or the health sector alone. Equity in health is a major challenge all over the world, but especially so in economically dynamic Southeast Asia, which contains more than a quarter of the world’s people. We care about inequities in health as a moral or ethical, not technical, challenge. Like other world regions, Southeast Asian societies are confronting many health equity challenges — ensuring universal access to primary health care, developing pro-equity health financing policies, training workers who will serve the poor and disadvantaged, tackling the pressing health issues of women and children, migrants and refugees, ethnic minorities, the poor and disadvantaged, and those ravaged by humanitarian crises. Social determinants like equitable jobs and education, housing, and food and diet and transnational forces are also important drivers of equity in health.
Leadership and a community of practitioners are critically important to not only bring regional attention to health equity but also to motivate, innovate, and craft solutions. The Equity Initiative’s goal is that the Fellows will become transformational leaders who can guide, direct, and influence others to bring about fundamental changes for health equity.