New Report Launched by WHO – ‘Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs’


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new report analysing global health trends since 2000 and looks at the main challenges that will affect health in the coming 15 years.

The report titled ‘Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs’ identifies the key drivers of progress in health under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It lays out actions that countries and the international community should prioritise to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which come into effect on 1st January 2016.

The WHO report presents the latest data and in-depth analysis for the key areas outlined in the health SDGs:

  • reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health;
  • infectious diseases including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis and neglected tropical diseases;
  • noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, cancer and diabetes;
  • mental health and substance use including narcotics and harmful use of alcohol;
  • injuries and violence; and
  • universal health coverage.

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said “A great deal has been achieved since 2000. However, progress can easily be reversed if we do not maintain our commitment to making the world a better place for all, leaving no one behind. Key to achieving that vision will be focusing our efforts intelligently, and setting clear, measurable goals that national governments and development partners can support'.

In 2016, WHO will publish the first in a series of annual reports on the SDGs to set the baseline and measure progress towards achieving the goals over the next 15 years.

Read the full report here: ‘Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs’.

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