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Measuring the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 Countries

In 2015, the UN General Assembly established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These specify 17 universal goals, 169 targets, and 230 indicators leading up to 2030. Researchers from numerous institutions, including the American Cancer Society, analyzed 33 health-related SDG indicators based on the Global Burden of Diseases 2015. They found that, since 2000, pronounced progress occurred for indicators such as:

  • Meeting family planning need with modern contraception
  • <5 year and neonatal mortality
  • Universal health coverage interventions

Moderate improvements were found for indicators such as HIV and tuberculosis incidence. Minimal changes for hepatitis B incidence took place, and childhood overweight considerably worsened.

These and other findings were published online ahead of print on October 8 in The Lancet.