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Submitted by Patricio V Marquez on
Thanks Julie for this timely blog. Your points are right on the mark. The imperative of establishing a common understanding across sectors about the social and economic determinants of disease, premature death and disability, and identifying interventions beyond health systems that open doors for intersectoral collaboration and action, is emerging more and more as a key development challenge that requires priority attention from the international community and national governments. To this end, efforts to foster the sharing of knowledge and country experiences (there are a lot of good practices across the globe) would be key to dispel myths and misconceptions in favor of evidence based approaches that avoid the false dichotomy between vertical vs horizontal programs, prevention vs curative care, an undue emphasis on health systems or on how to pay for medical care, and more importantly, to help us realize in our daily practice the full extent of the classical dictum “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Luke 5:31).