Global health 2035: A world converging within a generation
Friday, January 10, 2014
Prompted by deepening concerns over poverty and global inequality, the U.N. General Assembly in 2000 adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, putting forward a series of goals which were meant to be achieved by 2015. Core issues included improving global health, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Some progress has been made since, but most of the outstanding problems are still far from being resolved. As the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Declaration approaches, the U.N. General Assembly in September 2013 proposed scaling up interventions to achieve the goals articulated in 2000. What remains contested is how best to intervene to meet the Millennium Development Goals and drive development.
A December 2013 research report tries to answer this question. Chaired by Harvard’s Lawrence Summers and the University of Washington’s Dean Jamison, a commission of 25 experts on economics and health authored “Global Health 2035: A World Converging Within a Generation,” which was published in The Lancet. The report follows up on the World Bank’s influential World Development Report from 1993, which focused on global health 20 years ago. The new report is one of the most rigorous attempts to quantify the future of global health and development and map out how progress might be achieved.