Global health is a top priority. The reason is simple: health is a foundation for prosperity, stability and poverty reduction. We are living in a world with rapid social, economic and demographic changes.
If health is a human right then everyone should have equal access and opportunities for the betterment of their health. A universal goal, 'Health for all' aspired by World Health Organization, in 1978, remains so. The inequalities in health are increasing even more and at a much rapid speed in the changing world. The development of society, rich or poor, can be judged by the quality of its population's health and how fairly health is distributed across the social spectrum. A girl born today can expect to live for more than 80 years in some countries – but less than 45 years if she is born in others. Why is the concern and how are we going to address this is a challenge?
Many extra-ordinary projects are underway in the area of health and society that is changing our world into a better place. Problems about the occurrence of a disease or a public health issue are taken up everywhere; solutions are developed, compared and evaluated, and contributed to the global scenarios. This means to work on the totality of health issues and stop the single disease/health issue approach. Such an approach would require coordinating the leadership from the United Nations family and national Governments with the expertise of foundations, research centers and academia, the innovative spirit of the private sector, and the dynamism of civil society.