Health equity is the fair and just opportunity for everyone to fulfill their human potential in all aspects of health and wellbeing. This overall state of wellbeing is influenced not just by access to healthcare, but also by systemic and unintentional bias and the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age—the social, economic and environmental drivers of health.
While history shows that global society has made tremendous strides in extending average life expectancy, marginalised communities are still more likely to experience worse health outcomes than the overall population. These health inequities are being exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, forced migration and the rising cost of living.
Achieving health equity is a complex, global challenge—one where many organisations have a role to play, including Deloitte. Over the past year, Deloitte firms have taken action by launching Deloitte Health Equity Institutes (DHEIs) in Africa, India and the US.