Public Health

SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 aims at reducing inequalities among nations in the world. Reduction of inequalities among nations will guarantee quality healthcare for all, irrespective of race, gender, age, ethnicity, origin, religion and economic status. It will also ensure accessibility and affordability of quality healthcare, which will lead to reduction of health inequalities, as socio-economic inequalities are often consequential on individuals’ exposure to socio-economic and environmental risk factors. The attainment of a healthier and more equitable society requires concerted efforts at both public and private spheres. The government can help alleviate the impact of social determinants of health on health inequalities through the creation of an enabling environment. This will guarantee improved provisions of health services, living conditions, income security and social protection. Improved social and human capital, employment, working conditions and political inclusion are also important drivers of equitable healthcare. Exploitative tax regimes, which exacerbate inequality needs to be addressed while multi-sectoral social security should be established to enable people to have access to more quality healthcare.


Opeyemi Ikuteyijo
PhD student
University of Basel