New HIFA sponsored discussion: Achieving the new global health targets

On 25th September 2015, governments launched the 2030 Sustainable Development (SDG) Agenda, committing all to work together for 17 SDGs encompassing poverty eradication, health, education, food security and nutrition, as well as a broad range of economic, social and environmental objectives, and the promise of more peaceful and inclusive societies.

SDG 3 is specifically on health: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”  (see list of health targets below). Health is also recognised as a key input to other SDGs.

On 5 October 2015, HIFA will launch a major thematic discussion to explore what is needed to achieve SDG 3 and its constituent health targets, and to examine in particular the role of university-based global health programs.

The discussion is supported by the Canadian Society for International Health, the Global Health Research – Capacity Strengthening (GHR-CAPS) Program and The Lancet, and will lead into the 22nd Canadian Conference on Global Health, Montreal, 5-7 November 2015 (see below).  The key points will be synthesise and made available at the upcoming Canadian Global Health Conference, with a view to bring in the perspectives of stakeholders who may not be able to attend the conference in person, and thereby help inform future efforts by global health programmes and others towards the achievement of the new global health targets. It will run for 5 weeks, addressing the 5 questions below.


1. Agenda 2030 has defined a number of targets for global health (below). This will be the main global health agenda for the next 15 years. What is needed to ensure that we make rapid progress towards these targets collectively? What is needed for rapid progress towards individual targets?

2. What skills and competencies are needed among policymakers, researchers, health professionals and others to drive progress on Agenda 2030 targets? In particular, what is the role of University-based Global Health Programs (UGHs)?

3. What is needed to promote global health research that matters? What is the role of UGHs?

4. What is needed to promote uptake of research into policy and practice? What is the role of UGHs?

5. What is needed to promote global partnerships, collaboration and communication? What is the role of UGHs?


3.1. By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births

3.2. By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and

under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births

3.3. By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

3.4. By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

3.5. Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

3.6. By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

3.7. By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes 3.8. Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all 3.9. By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

3.9a. Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate

3.9b. Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all

3.9c. Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States 3.9d. Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.

22ND CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL HEALTH, 5-7 NOVEMBER 2015 This year, the 22nd Canadian Conference on Global Health will be held in Montreal, from November 5th to November 7th, 2015, a partnership between the Canadian Society for International Health

(CSIH) and the Global Health Research-Capacity strengthening Program. The conference theme for

2015 is Capacity Building for Global Health: Research & Practice.

This conference will provide a forum for practitioners, researchers, educators, students, policy makers and community mobilizers interested in primary health care to share knowledge, experience and promote innovation and collaborative action.

For more info on CSIH and the conference:

With thanks,

HIFA profile: Sarah Brown is Conference Manager for the Canadian Society for International Health.  sbrown AT


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