WHO releases latest report for global health goals
The report is titled “Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs.” It surveys important steps that have been made in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The analysis also has practical application guidelines that will help nations around the world as they strive to meet new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs will be implemented starting on Jan. 1. There are 17 of them, all of which are designed for nations to address their economic, social, and environmental development.
One step that is needed to achieve these goals is universal health coverage.
"Universal health coverage cuts across all of the health-related goals," Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of Health Systems and Innovation at WHO, said. "It is the linchpin of development in health and reflects the SDGs strong focus on equity and reaching the poorest, most disadvantaged people everywhere."
To guarantee that the MDGs and SDGs are being met, there will need to be a significant improve in gathering data about the steps nations are taking.
"One of the biggest challenges will be measuring progress across a staggering number of targets, particularly with the lack of health data in developing countries," Kieny said. “The SDG monitoring requires regular, high-quality data, for example on the causes of death, from all population groups so that we know where we need to target resources."