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Global health trends 2015

ein Bericht der Weltgesundheitsorganisation


Health in 2015 - from MDGs to SDGs

In 2015 the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to the end of their term, and a post-2015 agenda, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), takes their place. We stand on the threshold of a new era. This is an important moment to look back at the trends that have defined health-related development under the MDGs, noting achievements, highlighting lessons learned, drawing attention to unfinished business, and looking forward to the challenges we must now face.

While progress towards the MDGs has been impressive in many ways, much work remains to be done. In health, unprecedented progress has been made in reducing maternal and child mortality and in the fight against infectious diseases, even though several global and many country MDG targets were not met. The unfinished agenda needs to be addressed, but more importantly the dramatic progress paves the way for more ambitious achievements by 2030. Similarly important is addressing other significant, ongoing public health challenges that were left out of the MDGs altogether, notable among them the challengse of acute epidemic diseases, disasters and conflict siituations, the burgeoning epidemic of noncommunicable diseases and mental health disorders and large inequalities in all parts of the world.

The SDGs address many of these issues head on, setting a new health goal (“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”) with a broad set of targets. The SDGs also significantly broaden the scope of action with 17 goals, covering a wide range of human activity across the three sustainable development dimensions (economic, social and environmental): people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, the five Ps of the new agenda, an agenda for all countries.


Source: WHO


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