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Support mounts for a social protection guarantee for the world’s most vulnerable people

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3784
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Governments, employers, and labour unions are backing the International Labour Organization (ILO) to develop a basic social protection guarantee that would provide essential healthcare and income for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Michael Cichon, director of social security at the ILO, said one billion people receive no help or support if they are sick, fall into poverty, or are unemployed. A further five billion people have inadequate social security coverage.

The social protection floor is a global social policy approach promoting …

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