MSH Applauds UN Secretary General’s Report on the Post-2015 Agenda

{Photo: Todd Shapera}Photo: Todd Shapera

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) applauds the report of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that assesses progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and lays out recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The report [PDF], “A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015,” prioritizes improving health as one of 14 top-line goals and recommends universal health coverage (UHC) as a “transformative action” to achieve it.

The report also identifies bold and forward-looking health outcome goals, including ending preventable maternal and child deaths; realizing reproductive health and rights for women; increasing immunization coverage; realizing the vision of a future free of AIDS and TB, and malaria; reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases; and promoting healthy behaviors.

“UHC is not just the best way, but the only way to achieve all of these goals sustainably,” said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO of MSH. “UHC facilitates all of the other goals by mobilizing more resources for health and rationalizing how countries deliver healthcare services. UHC is motivated by the understanding that health is a human right.”    

MSH has urged the Secretary General and the UN to adopt UHC as a necessary target in the post-2015 development framework. UHC has been recommended as a target by UN partners including the Sustainable Development Solutions Network [PDF], Global Compact Office [PDF], and Global Thematic Task Force on Health [PDF]. UHC was acknowledged as a critical enabler by the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda.  Without an explicit UHC target, however, MSH has argued that countries may not pursue the other priority goals efficiently and effectively.

We celebrate the Secretary General’s commitment to health and UHC’s critical role and we look forward to UHC discussions around the UN General Assembly meeting in New York this September.