New U.N. goals lack focus, global health experts warn

By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Shrinking aid dollars threaten the major advances made over the past decade in fighting disease and preventable deaths, a task that will grow even more difficult under new United Nations’ development goals, experts in global health said. Child mortality has plunged since the U.N. set a development goal of reducing under-five deaths worldwide by two-thirds, and the spread of HIV/AIDS infections have fallen 44 percent in the last decade. “Health is one piece of a much more crowded space that will compete for attention and finances, when we still haven’t finished the job,” Jen Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation director of global health and HIV policy, said at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum on Tuesday.
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