The Lancet Commission makes a case for Grand Convergence in Global Health

16 JANUARY 2014 | UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

At the United Nations in New York, Norway's Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr Geir Pedersen, hosted an event based on the findings of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, “Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation”.

The meeting which was chaired by Margaret Kruk, one of the commissioners on the Global Health 2035 report, included the Rwandan Minister of Health, Agnes Binagwaho, the President of the Public Health Foundation of India, Srinath Reddy, the US Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, and Gavin Yamey from the University of California, San Francisco who led the writing of the report.

The task of this group of high-level leaders will be to map “a new pathway to close the health gap between countries”. This new pathway will be to choose the idea of grand convergence—a reduction in preventable infectious, maternal, and child deaths to universally low levels—as a sustainable development goal (SDG) after 2015.

According to the Lancet Commission, convergence represents a single, overarching goal that could unite the global health community in the post-MDG era; it is impact-oriented, includes specific targets on HIV/AIDS, TB and child mortality, and is accompanied by an investment framework with clear guidelines on how national governments and the international community can achieve these goals. It is said that convergence represents a unique opportunity for our generation and the purpose of this event is to make this case to the UN community.

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