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The USAID | Health Policy Initiative project is over. The current policy-focused USAID project is Health Policy Plus (HP+).

EQUITY Framework for Health

Health and poverty are intertwined. It is often the poor and vulnerable groups who experience the burden of disease, which can plunge poor and near poor families deeper into poverty. Recognition of these facts has put health and poverty issues high on the international agenda. Despite the best of intentions, however, health resources and program efforts often fail to reach those in greatest need.

In response, the USAID | Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, designed the EQUITY Framework for Health to provide stakeholders with practical guidance on how to engage the poor in policymaking and integrate pro-poor strategies throughout the policy-to-action process.

Diagram of the EQUITY Framework

EQUITY Framework Briefs

EQUITY Framework for Health (Brief) (Poster)

Engage and Empower the Poor

Quantify Inequalities in Access to Health Services and Health Status

Understand and Address Barriers to Access among the Poor

Integrate Equity Goals, Approaches, and Indicators into Policies, Plans, and Development Agendas

Target Resources and Efforts to the Poor

Yield Public-Private Partnerships for Equity


Seminar on Policy Approaches to EQUITY in Health

The two-day seminar, "Policy Approaches to EQUITY in Health," is designed to assist stakeholders with developing a greater understanding of how to incorporate equity approaches in their country programs. The aim of the seminar is to share effective approaches and proven methodologies for addressing population and health in the context of poverty. Although the intended audience is technical staff working in health in USAID and USAID-supported projects, the presentations use concepts and explanations given in concise, non-technical language to allow for greater accessibility and ease of understanding. Click here for course materials.