News & Views
Updated February 12, 2015
New York, NY - On February 11-12, the Inaugural World Women's Health and Development Forum brought together world leaders, United Nations agencies, scientists, healthcare professionals, and members of civil society, the media and the private sector to discuss ways to sustainably develop and promote the health of women and girls.
Dedicated to "Post-2015 Desired Outcomes," this high-level forum identified challenges and concrete actions for the health and development of women and girls. Hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York,... Read more
By Richard Powell et al.
The Lancet Oncology, Vol. 16, No. 2, p131-133, February 2015
Palliative care—defined by WHO as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering”—has been largely absent from the global health dialogue and consequently a low priority for donor investment.
However, an important window of opportunity has opened to push palliative care up the global health agenda: the publication of an initial draft of the United... Read more
By Richard Horton
The Lancet, Vol. 385, No. 9967, p492, 7 February 2015
The idea of a “grand convergence” in health, achievable within our lifetimes, might seem a naive idea. Chronic conflicts, unpredictable humanitarian disasters, and the persistent fragility of some nation states makes the notion of ending preventable mortality within a generation little more than a pipe-dream. But these ambitious goals have inspired wide support for the core message of the Commission on Investing in Health, known also as Global Health 2035 (published in The Lancet in December, 2013). Why... Read more
New Delhi, India - On February 2, the Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) launched its Global Health 2035 report in New Delhi, India. Commissioners Dean Jamison and Srinath Reddy shared the CIH’s vision of increasing domestic investments in health, achieving universal health coverage (UHC), and implementing progressive fiscal policies to address India’s dual burden of poor maternal and neonatal health and rising rates of non-communicable diseases.
In an interview with MK Venu on Rajya Sabha TV, Dr. Reddy, the President of the Public Health Foundation of India,... Read more
Berlin, Germany - On January 15, hundreds gathered in Berlin, Germany at a TEDxBerlinSalon dedicated to the Year for Development. With the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close and governments, development organizations, and citizens... Read more
Mexico City, Mexico - On November 24, 2014 CIH commissioners Dean Jamison and Gavin Yamey met with representatives of the Mexican Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance to present Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation. At this meeting, which took place at the Ministry of Health in Mexico City, high-level health and finance officers met to discuss the implications of the CIH report for Mexico’s health investments.
The meeting was presided by Eduardo González Pier, Vice-Minister for Integration and Development of the Health Sector at the Ministry of... Read more
The Lancet Global Health recently published an article that estimates annual rates of mortality decline to predict the feasibility of achieving the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) targets for 2030. The study, Annual rates of decline in child, maternal, HIV, and tuberculosis mortality across 109 countries of low and middle income from 1990 to 2013: an assessment of the feasibility of post-2015 goals, was co-authored by CIH Commissioners Dean Jamison and Gavin Yamey with Stephane Verguet, Ole Norheim, and Zachary Olsen.
The authors measured countries... Read more
New York, NY - On September 22, 2014, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted the “Domestic Financing for Health: Invest to Save” event at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Panelists, including two Global Health 2035 Commissioners, Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, and Lawrence Summers, Professor of Economics and President Emeritus of Harvard University, made the compelling argument that increased domestic financing of health will not only lead to better health outcomes, but also economic gains. Investing in health now, explained the Commissioners, leads to long-... Read more