“To Save Humanity” What Matters Most for a Healthy Future

Julio Frenk and Steven Hoffman

April 2015
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190221546

Abstract:

The turn of the 21st century was an objective low point in the history of human health: AIDS was scourging Africa, millions of women died each year in child birth, and billions suffered under malnourishment and poverty. In response, the United Nations launched its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), an ambitious charter that since 2000 has measurably reduced the worldwide burdens of poverty, hunger, and disease.

With the MDGs set to expire in 2015, continued progress on these fronts is anything but certain. In addition to the persisting threats of the 20th century, globalization has sped the development of new threats -pandemics, climate change, chronic disease - that now threaten rich and poor countries equally.

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About the Author:

Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges.

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