Health recommendations for the post-2015 global development agenda

April 17, 2013 by PATH

Principles and goals proposed by PATH inform new report on accelerating progress in health and development

A set of key priorities proposed by PATH for the post-2015 global development agenda was incorporated into the final report of an international consultation effort that is developing a framework to promote and secure the health of future generations.

PATH’s principles and recommendations were recently published in a position paper and are reflected in the Global Thematic Consultation on Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report provides a foundation for continued progress on health as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their target date of 2015.

The report was informed by comments from people and organizations across the globe. The collaborative, international process to establish a post-2015 development agenda is being led by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the governments of Sweden and Botswana, and will include additional debates and periods for comment during the next two years.

Maintaining momentum post-2015

PATH’s position paper highlights our support for setting new goals beyond 2015 to maintain momentum and achieve greater health equity, even as we join with others in the global community to support continued investment in reaching the MDGs.

PATH suggests that new global health and development goals should be grounded in two guiding principles to maximize impact—prioritizing new approaches to health interventions and innovations in product development and delivery, leading to increased access to quality care; and improving data generation and evaluation to inform product development, policy planning, and health priorities, leading to effective resource allocation and greater accountability.

Four key recommendations

To ensure long-term, sustainable health gains, the position paper offers the following four recommendations:

  • Development and delivery of new products, where they are needed, should be prioritized under the new post-2015 framework.
  • The framework should commit to strengthening health systems in a way that promotes integration across health areas and encourages and enables innovative approaches to program management and product delivery.
  • Post-2015 targets and indicators should prioritize improved monitoring and evaluation to support data-driven decision-making.
  • Data on the successes and gaps in reaching health targets, including those at subnational levels, should be available to public citizens.

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