Featuring a series of commissioned articles from a range of eminent authors and public health experts, the Commonwealth Health Report 2020 discusses some of the Commonwealth’s most pressing health challenges, from accelerating universal health coverage to addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases, and looks at effective strategies to help Commonwealth member states achieve the ambitions of the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The publication comes at a time when health is in the headlines across the world. Coronavirus, declared a global health emergency by the WHO, is putting huge pressure on countries’ health services, and reinforces the need to build stronger health systems for universal health coverage. It is also a stark reminder of the importance of international collaboration, political commitment and knowledge sharing – to deal not only with health emergencies, but to increase life expectancy, reduce maternal and child mortality, fight against leading communicable diseases and address the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases.
The Commonwealth Health Report 2020 is a compilation of perspectives from leading health experts across the world, addressing issues from pandemic preparedness to mental health. Contributors include the World Health Organization, Commonwealth Secretariat, UHC2030, The Elders, World Economic Forum, The Global Fund, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, NCD Alliance, Commonwealth Pharmacists Association, Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation, OECD, International Telecommunication Union and GAVI.
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