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From MDGs to SDGs: Lessons Learned and Future Directions for Implementing UHC

A six-year-old migrant from the Congo receives a medical check-up from a doctor at a refugee camp in Munich, Germany, on October 6, 2015.

November 19, 2015

A six-year-old migrant from the Congo receives a medical check-up from a doctor at a refugee camp in Munich, Germany, on October 6, 2015.
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The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

This year, the United Nations released a new set of development goals called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the previous set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of the goals includes a target that aims to provide universal health coverage across the globe—a much more ambitious and far-reaching goal than the more targeted health-related MDGs.

In this podcast, Tony Pipa, U.S. special coordinator for the post-2015 development agenda, and Sara Bennett, associate director and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discuss with Yanzhong Huang some lessons learned from the implementation of health-related MDGs and how those can facilitate a greater level of success in the SDG process. They also explore how the SDGs will facilitate future progress toward bringing health coverage to all people, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

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