'Fully immunised child' recognised as an ambitious but practical indicator

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The health sector has led the development success of the MDG era and created an unprecedented opportunity to achieve even more after 2015

The World We Want

Geneva, 12 April 2013 – The final report of the Thematic Consultation on Health in the post 2015 development agenda, released this week, captures the perspectives of people and organizations around the world on how best to ensure the health of future generations. The report concludes that the post-2015 health agenda should:

  • include specific health-related targets as part of other development sector goals;
  • take a holistic, life-course approach to people’s health with an
  • emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention;
  • accelerate progress where MDG targets have not been achieved and set more ambitious targets for the period to come; and
  • address the growing burden of NCDs, mental illness, and other emerging health challenges.

While much more work needs to be done before a set of health indicators for the post 2015 development agenda can be proposed, consensus emerged from this global dialogue that such indicators could combine health status and health enablers such as immunisation , and universal health coverage. The report cites GAVI’s proposed indicator “the fully immunised child” as an ambitious but practical indicator that should be used to measure health progress in the post-2015 development agenda.

An example of an innovative partnership is the GAVI Alliance which brings together all the key players, including the vaccine industry, research and technical agencies, and civil society. 

The report concludes that innovative, multi-sector partnerships will be the cornerstone of action in future global health and acknowledges that the focus on market shaping is ensuring that essential vaccines and medicines are increasingly accessible to those who need them most.

Public-private partnerships, the report determines, have demonstrated the potential of effective mechanisms to manage the complexity of 21st-century development challenges and it states that the post-2105 agenda should include a strong call for building on and learning from innovate development models.

This report has been submitted to the UN Secretary-General and the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015Development Agenda. The High-Level Panel will consider this input as it prepares its own report to submit to the UN Secretary-General in June 2013. The UN Secretary-General will also consider the health consultation’s report as he prepares his own report to the planned special session of the UN General Assembly on the post-2015 agenda in September 2013.

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