Sustainable Development Goals: commendable but pie-in-the-sky
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), 25 September, 2015
‘The aspirations of the SDGs are commendable, but Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is concerned that they lack a concrete plan to accelerate progress and address existing gaps in healthcare. Daily MSF medics witnesses the real world outcomes of government policy decisions, actions and inactions on people’s health. From our perspective there is a disconnect between the SDGs and people’s health needs, context and country variations and a serious lack of political will and leadership to make health central among other concerns in the SDGs.’
‘MSF’s Key Concerns:
– The SDG ambitions are at odds with the reality of the people. Significant gaps in health care provision continue to destroy lives and cripple communities.
– Health gains of the last 15 years are at risk.
– Inadequate support for research and development (R&D) and lack of access to vaccines and medicines.
– Funding for health care is being reduced.
– Lack of political will and leadership on health…’
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