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‘Grand Convergence,’ Strategic Investments In Health Are Critical For SDGs

LiveMint: Towards a single health goal
K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a member of the Commission on Investing in Health

“…The commission believes that infectious diseases, maternal and child health — which constitute the grand convergence — together with some key elements of non-communicable diseases must constitute the bare essential package that every country must invest in. As resources progressively increase, they can expand the benefit package. The preferred pathway is a public-financed program of universal health care without levying user fee[s]. This is going to be pro-poor, not because they target the poor but because these conditions affect the poor the maximum” (2/11).