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‘More Comprehensive, Integrated Approach’ Needed For Future Global Health Targets

The “disease-specific and demographic-selective approach” taken under the global health-related Millennium Development Goals “has skewed funding, resources and the global health narrative to the exclusion of other important causes of global morbidity and mortality,” physician and development advocate Tim Crocker-Buque writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Although the decline in child mortality and reduction in new HIV infections are to be celebrated as an unprecedented success, there remains a missed opportunity to provide comprehensive health care to those most in need,” he states. Crocker-Buque discusses key areas of focus and calls for better data collection. “It is unlikely that all of the things required to seriously improve global health could be captured within a set of highly focused, internationally agreeable, time-limited development goals,” he writes, adding, “Yet, sticking to a rigid system of disease-specific and demographic-selective targets will leave millions without the health care they desperately need.” He concludes, “A much more comprehensive and integrated approach is required to tackle the synergistic relationship between poverty and ill health” (11/18).