Health in the Sustainable Development Goals: where we are now in the South-East Asia Region? What next?
Health is centrally placed in the 2030 Agenda. The health goal (SDG3) is comprehensive: ‘to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’. SDG3 builds on the significant success of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It recognizes an ‘unfinished MDG agenda’; it responds to new health priorities and increasing concerns about health security, and the health impact of migration and climate change. The SDG agenda recognizes that human health and well-being depend on the political, economic and social systems, and the natural environment, within which people live. It includes ‘means of implementation’ targets i.e. related to the health systems that deliver needed services.
Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020: Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world
The Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020 "Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world" was developed through a series of consultations with various stakeholders during 2014 and 2015. Inputs were provided by national leprosy programmes, technical agencies, independent leprosy experts, public health experts, funding agencies and representatives of affected patients and communities. The strategy is built around three major pillars: (i) strengthen government ownership and partnerships; (ii) stop leprosy and its complications; and (iii) stop discrimination and promote inclusion. Its goal is to further reduce the global and local leprosy burden, thereby aiming for zero children with leprosy-affected disabilities, a reduction of new patients diagnosed with leprosy-related deformities to less than one per million population and a repeal of all laws that allow discrimination of leprosy patients. The strategy was endorsed by the WHO Technical Advisory Group on leprosy.