Lancet Commission Aims To Overcome Fragmentation In Global Health
The Lancet: Addressing the fragmentation of global health: the Lancet Commission on synergies between universal health coverage, health security, and health promotion
Gorik Ooms, professor in the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues
“Global health is fragmented. Many stakeholders pursue their own agenda while neglecting other important goals for global health. … If these tensions are not addressed, fragmentation will continue to make local, national, and global efforts inefficient and opportunities will be lost in terms of lives saved and quality of life. … The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and WHO’s General Programme of Work 2019-2023 (GPW) come with unprecedented potential for coherence. The broad SDGs highlight how the goals and targets are intertwined. … Similarly, WHO’s GPW shows that the organization’s efforts can be subsumed under three strategic priorities: UHC … health emergencies … and healthier populations. … The Lancet Commission on synergies between UHC, health security, and health promotion aims to overcome fragmentation and realize the potential for coherence in global health. The Commission will systematically examine intersections between these leading agendas in global health. … The findings will help the many and diverse stakeholders in global health better align their efforts, cooperate more efficiently, and save and improve more lives…” (9/7).