NEJM Perspective Pieces Examine Implications For Global Health In Post-2015 Development Agenda

New England Journal of Medicine: Politics and Universal Health Coverage — The Post-2015 Global Health Agenda
Vin Gupta of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Vanessa B. Kerry of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Seed Global Health; Eric Goosby of the University of California, San Francisco, and U.N. special envoy on tuberculosis; and Robert Yates of Chatham House

“…Bolstered by increasing evidence that [Universal Health Coverage (UHC)] improves health outcomes, countries are seeking to build health-related goals around the concept of health care for all. Yet many lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have not created UHC systems. How can the global community translate vision into policy, especially in the face of complicated politics? To elucidate some of the political dynamics involved, we developed a conceptual model describing sociopolitical factors that have helped catalyze reform in selected countries. … As the global health and development community embarks on new goals, a better understanding of the links between health and politics could help foster durable changes that increase access to health care” (9/16).

New England Journal of Medicine: Shifting to Sustainable Development Goals — Implications for Global Health
Christopher J.L. Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

“…The good news is that [the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs)] inclusive process has created a new consensus on development to replace the MDGs; the bad news is that the goals are broad, with many aspirational or vague targets. … In a more complex and diffuse approach to development, continued progress on health for poor people in developing countries will require concerted attention, funding, and effort. The reason for optimism, however, is the great track record for health established during the MDG era. Ultimately, I believe, donors, policymakers, and the public should want to invest in continuing this tradition of success” (9/16).