Panel: Aim to ensure healthy lives through universal health care, access and equity

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A report from the United Nations-assigned panel framing an approach to post-2015 global development goals asserts that universal access to basic healthcare, eliminating discriminatory barriers that stand between vulnerable people and services, a commitment to social, economic, and environmental equity, as well as investing in disease prevention will be essential to reaching the attainable goal of ensuring healthy lives worldwide.

The panel of international leaders representing 27 countries, listed 12 “illustrative goals and targets” focused on sweeping outcomes, that include “End Poverty” (Goal No. 1), “Achieve Universal Access to Water and Sanitation,” “Secure Sustainable Energy.”

The report includes a chart enumerating how the benefits of investing in health exceed the costs, showing TB case-finding and treatment returning $30 for each dollar spent. Click to view

The report includes a chart enumerating how the benefits of investing in health exceed the costs, showing TB case-finding and treatment returning $30 for each dollar spent. Click to view

Goal 4: “Ensure healthy lives,” includes a target new to development goals — “Ensure universal sexual and reproductive health and rights” along with four other components: ending preventable child deaths, increasing rates of full vaccination for those most vulnerable to illnesses, decreasing maternal mortality, and reducing the burden of disease form HIV, TB, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and “priority noncommunicable diseases.”

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