The Lancet "Global Health 2035" launched

3 December 2013

Makes case that "the returns on investing in health are even greater than previously estimated"

The Commission's report, Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation, has been published today in The Lancet and launched on the same day at events in London, Tunis, and Johannesburg. The launch is being live-streamed.

The Report was written by The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health – an international multi-disciplinary group of 25 commissioners, chaired by Lawrence H. Summers and co-chaired by Dean Jamison

The report makes the case that:

  • The returns on investing in health are even greater than previously estimated
  • Within a generation—by 2035—the world could achieve a "grand convergence," bringing preventable infectious, maternal and child deaths down to universally low levels
  • Taxes and subsidies are a powerful and underused lever for curbing non-communicable diseases and injuries
  • Progressive universalism, a pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) that targets the poor from the outset, is an efficient way to achieve health and financial protection.

The report includes 5 supplementary web appendices, and a collection of background working papers.

The report is accompanied by editorial commentaries from Jim Yong Kim (President of the World Bank), Margaret Chan (Director General of the WHO), Helen Clark (Administrator of UNDP), Mark Dybul (Executive Director of the Global Fund), and Richard Horton and Selina Lo (editor and senior editor, The Lancet).

Cary Adams, Chair of the NCD Alliance and CEO of UICC, said “Global Health 2035 not only adds to the growing consensus that investing in NCDs and global health is crucial to secure sustainable development, but that NCD prevention and control measures are available at low-cost to governments, with high economic and social returns. There is no excuse to delay investing in NCDs.”

More information on the Report may be found here.

Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019
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