Inequalities in health status are increasing in accordance with increasing inequalities in socio-economic status. The IUHPE can make a significant contribution to advocacy and action to redress the growing imbalance in the distribution of the world's resources between high-income and low- and middle-income countries, as well as among different population groups. The burden of poor health continues to fall disproportionately on lower income countries and the most vulnerable populations. The resulting social and economic insecurity is rapidly translating into an increasing gap between rich and poor within all countries in access to and application of the resources necessary for health.
The vision of the IUHPE is a world where all people achieve optimum health and wellbeing.
The values critical to the achievement of this vision include:
Respect - for the innate dignity of all people; for cultural identity; for cultural diversity; and for natural resources and the environment;
Inclusion and involvement of people in making the decisions that shape their lives and impact upon their health and wellbeing;
Equity in health, social and economic outcomes for all people;
Accountability and transparency– within governments, organisations and communities;
Social justice for all people; and
Compassion and empowerment.
The IUHPE’s mission is to promote global health and wellbeing and to contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and within countries of the world.
The IUHPE fulfills its mission by building and operating an independent, global, professional network of people and institutions to encourage the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, know-how, experiences, and the development of relevant collaborative projects, both at global and regional levels.