Addressing Health Among Most Disadvantaged Will Produce Best Outcomes For Development Goals

BMJ Blogs: The sustainable development goals: Priorities for the global health community?
Daniel Sharp, a Fulbright scholar at the Vienna University of Business and Economics, and Joseph Millum, a bioethicist at the Clinical Center Department of Bioethics and Fogarty International Center at NIH, address the question, “[H]ow should the international development community balance further progress towards the original MDGs — with their emphasis on child mortality, maternal health, and communicable diseases — versus stemming the growing burden of NCDs?” They conclude, “In pursuing these [post-2015 development] goals, policymakers must not give short shrift to the most disadvantaged; after all, it is they who have the weightiest claims on the benefits of development” (6/9).