First comprehensive report at five-year mark shines a light on action needed to meet 2030 global health targets
As we enter the last decade of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a new collection of articles published by The BMJ and BMJ Global Health today tells us whether the world is on track to meet the 2030 global targets for health.
The collection Leaving No One Behind brings together key international actors to report on the progress made—and to highlight the ongoing challenges leading to unequal outcomes—in achieving this goal. It is the first comprehensive five-year report in the SDG-era on progress made on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.
The articles are written by university academics and UN scientists from around the world, and includes commentaries by Countdown to 2030 for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF UNFPA and the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel, and PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark.
The collection focuses on areas where the most vulnerable women, children and adolescents are being left behind. This includes essential health interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition, such as skilled birth attendance, vaccinations, management of childhood illnesses, improved water supply, and insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria.
Some key findings in the research include:
The collection will be formally launched at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC) in Bangkok on Tuesday 28 January 2020 to stimulate discussion and exchange among government ministers, policy makers, funders and key NGOs.
The BMJ Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Fiona Godlee, will also chair the opening conference session alongside former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the Prime Ministers of India and Japan.
In an editorial to launch the collection, experts say progress is being made, but better data and extra effort is needed to identify and reach the most vulnerable people.
Helen Clark, PMNCH Board Chair and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, discusses two articles on the effects of intimate partner violence and warfare and argues that “unless we act now, the most vulnerable will continue to suffer the worst consequences of violence and abuse of power.”
“Today, five years closer to 2030, it is hard to see the impact of the SDG language on leaving no one behind,” said Dr. Ties Boerma, Director of the Countdown to 2030 and editor of the Collection. “We need better evidence on inequalities and greater action to reach all women, children and adolescents.”
Notes to editors:
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