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Global health improvement and WHO: shaping the future

A world torn by gross health inequalities is in serious trouble. The global health community can do much to reduce suffering and death among vulnerable groups. WHO is changing its way of working, alongside member states and financial and technical partners, to reach key national health goals and strengthen equity. The most urgent objectives include the health-related Millennium Development Goals, the 3 by 5 target in HIV/AIDS treatment (to provide 3 million people in developing regions with access to antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2005), and addressing the growing epidemics of non-communicable diseases. The key to achieving these objectives is strengthening of health systems guided by the values of Health For All.


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I thank WHO colleagues who assisted in preparing this article, including Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, Tim Evans, Charlie Gilks, Alec Irwin, Jim Yong Kim, Colin Mathers, Thomson Prentice, Ian Smith, and Jeanette Vega.

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