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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
An article published today in The Lancet suggests that the world could reduce preventable deaths by 40% by the year 2030. Avoiding 40% of premature deaths in each country 2010-30: review of national mortality trends to help quantify the UN Sustainable Development Goal for health (40% by 2030),was authored by a group of 16 international contributors, including Global Health 2035 Commissioners Dean Jamison and Gavin Yamey. The article finds that with continued international efforts, one-half of premature deaths before the age of 50, and one-third of premature deaths (death under the... Read more
Since 2010, more than one hundred countries have requested policy support and technical advice for universal health coverage (UHC) reform from the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of the response, WHO set up a Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage. This final report by the Consultative Group addresses the key issues of fairness and equity that arise on the path to UHC by clarifying these issues and by offering practical recommendations.
Read the rest of the report: Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage
Washington D.C. - Six months ago, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health released its report Global Health 2035: A world converging within a generation. The Commission makes the case for world leaders, governments, and donors to not only continue investing in health, but to increase investments and capitalize on the unique opportunity to achieve a “grand convergence” in health by 2035. Since its launch, Global Health 2035 has attracted the attention of governments and development organizations around the world, and commissioners have been invited to discuss the report’s findings at... Read more
Washington D.C. - On February 12, 2014, the International Monetary Fund's Managing Director Christine Lagarde hosted the chair of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH), Lawrence H. Summers, at an event at the IMF. Professor Summers presented the key messages of the CIH's report Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation (GH2035) to an audience of approximately 350 participants, who were primarily from the IMF, but also from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID and other organizations.
Madame Lagarde's... Read more
The Lancet, Vol. 383, No. 9913, p187, 18 January 2014
On January 15, 2014 The Lancet published an editorial arguing for convergence as a health sector goal for the post-2015 era. The editorial argues that a grand convergence in health could be a compelling sustainable development goal (SDG) because it provides an opportunity for unity within the global health community. The journal also argues that convergence has other advantages: it is easily operationalized, it can be monitored, interim targets can be set, and the convergence goals are based on combined economic and... Read more
San Francisco, CA - The December 3, 2013 launch of Global Health 2035 was met with widespread international news coverage—print media, TV, online and radio.
Most news stories focused on the report's investment plan for achieving a "grand convergence," i.e., a reduction in avertable infectious, maternal, and child deaths to universally low levels by 2035. On the Charlie Rose show, Larry Summers, Commission chair said: "There's only one time in all of history when there's going to be the prospect for convergence." In a one-on-one with Becky Anderson of CNN Summers noted that two... Read more
London, England - The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health's Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation report was launched globally on December 3, 2013. At events in London, Johannesburg and Tunis, Commissioners and other leading global health and economic experts presented and discussed key findings—reexamining the case for investing in health and calling for increased international collective action.
The Lancet hosted the London launch event at the Royal College of Physicians. Commissioner Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The... Read more