Achieving a 'Grand Convergence' in Global Health by 2035: Rwanda Shows the Way; Comment on 'Improving the World's Health Through the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Perspectives from Rwanda'
Int J Health Policy Manag. 2015;4(11):789–791. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2015.143
3 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 14, 2015
Global Health 2035, the report of The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, laid out a bold, highly ambitious framework for making rapid progress in improving global public health outcomes. It showed that with the right health investments, the international community could achieve a “grand convergence” in global health — a reduction in avertable infectious, maternal, and child deaths down to universally low levels — within a generation. Rwanda’s success in rapidly reducing such deaths over the last 20 years shows that convergence is feasible. Binagwaho and Scott have argued that 5 lessons from this success are the importance of equity, quality health services, evidence-informed policy, intersectoral collaboration, and effective collaboration between countries and multilateral agencies. This article re-examines these lessons through the lens of the Global Health 2035 report to analyze how the experience in Rwanda might be generalized for other countries to making progress towards achieving a grand convergence.
Keywords: Grand Convergence; Equity; Pro-poor Universal Health Coverage; Domestic Financing of Health; Population; Policy; and Implementation Research; Intersectoral Collaboration; Global Health; Aid Effectiveness
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