Going for Goals: How to innovate on health sector financing
Despite major improvements in health outcomes over the past 30 years, we still have a long way to go: HIV continues to be the leading cause of adolescent deaths in Africa, and the second-biggest cause of deaths of adolescents the world over; and malaria, while less deadly than HIV, caused the deaths of 6.2 million people between 2000 and 2015 — 60 percent of whom were children. While child mortality has improved considerably, more than 6 million children under the age of 5 continue to die of preventable diseases each year, and only about 50 percent of women in developing countries are able to access primary care services.
Sustainable Development Goal 3, ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all, calls for significant improvements across the full spectrum of health outcomes — from better maternal and infant mortality, to eliminating malnutrition, to achieving universal access to health care.
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