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GBD Data Help Shed Light On Global Health Issues At Macro Level, But More ‘Hyperlocal’ Data Needed To Effect Change

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Measuring Progress towards Health SDGs: Great Effort, More Needed
Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy and senior fellow at CGD, and Amanda Glassman, chief operating officer, senior fellow, and board secretary at CGD, discuss the role of Global Burden of Disease (GBD) data in measuring progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writing, “GBD helps us understand the problem we are trying to solve in macro terms … But to use GBD to effect change to business-as-usual what we need is the kind of hyperlocal data, analysis, and relationships that public and private payers routinely use in developed economies to inform their own spending and make their investment cases to their countries’ treasuries or insurers. This critical missing link can help make the causal connection between investment in health and better performance in attaining the SDGs, including Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC)…” (9/26).

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