Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

After the MDGs

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

After the MDGs

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A report published last month praises the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and calls for a new approach to health and development that emphasizes "sustainable well-being".

The 104-page report, entitled Health in the post-2015 agenda: report of the global thematic consultation on health April 2013, contains proposals for the health component of a new development agenda.

The proposals are based on a six-month consultation of some 150 000 people and many organizations from all regions, co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the governments of Botswana and Sweden.

"The health sector has led the development success of the MDG era and created an unprecedented opportunity to achieve even more after 2015," the report says, adding that the health MDGs raised the profile of global health "to the highest political level," mobilized civil society, increased health aid and helped to improve health in developing countries.

But, according to the report, "the MDGs do not fully address the broader concept of development enshrined in the Millennium Declaration, which includes human rights, equity, democracy and governance ... The MDGs have also contributed to fragmented approaches to development."

"Further progress in improving health and well-being can only be made by reducing inequities," it says. …

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