Global Health Scholars Discuss 4 Global Health Transitions Facing Middle-Income Countries

PLOS Medicine: Middle-income countries graduating from health aid: Transforming daunting challenges into smooth transitions
Gavin Yamey, director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health at Duke University’s Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI); Osondu Ogbuoji, research scholar at DGHI and senior policy associate at Duke’s Center for Policy Impact in Global Health; and Justice Nonvignon, senior lecturer and health economist at the University of Ghana’s School of Public Health, discuss four transitions facing middle-income countries (MICs): shifts in diseases, demography, development assistance for health, and domestic financing. The authors write, “With a joined-up strategy, the 4Ds of global health transition could become an opportunity for accelerated rather than stalled progress. … By anticipating the disease and demographic trends ahead and what these mean for future financing needs, mobilizing the required resources to fund the right health benefits packages, and supporting intersectoral policies for health improvement…, MICs could see a health transformation in the SDGs era” (6/25).