Chan says reform is needed for post-2015 healthcare

Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said on Tuesday that world governments, agencies and other stakeholders must engage in reform to meet post-2015 healthcare goals.

Chan made the remarks on Tuesday during a keynote address to the U.N. Economic and Social Council on the changing development landscape and what it will mean for agencies focusing on sustainable development. She said the U.N. and the international community produced many good results in pursuit of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, but the challenges ahead will require collaboration and reform.

"The world has changed dramatically since the start of this century," Chan said. "The biggest threats to development are now much more complex and challenging. They can no longer be addressed by the health, education, energy, or food sectors acting alone."

Chan said there are three high-level trends that are impeding sustainable development going forward. The trends include growing social and economic inequalities, the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and cancer and the influence of stakeholders in multiple sectors when the regulatory capacity of many countries remain weak.

Chan said that multi-stakeholder and multisectoral collaboration with civil society and the private sector are the reality for future sustainable development, whether for securing an appropriate food supply, education, energy or health.

"If multisectoral collaboration and multi-stakeholder engagement are the reality for sustainable development in the post-2015 era, we need to debate what type of mechanisms are required to allow all stakeholders to make contributions and to protect against the influence of vested interest," Chan said.