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Sustainable Development Goals

This year the ambitious Millennium Development Goals end their 15-year run. In 2000 when these goals were drawn up at the UN Millennium Summit they appeared almost unachievable, yet now several of them have been met or exceeded. The reduction in malaria is perhaps the best example of success, with malaria death rates plunging by 60% since 2000. As Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, put it – it’s a sign that these strategies are on target.

Following on from the MDGs, the UN has developed a new set of targets – the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) to be achieved by 2030. These now also seem incredibly ambitious and include achieving universal health coverage, reducing death from air, water and soil pollution, among others. It will be fascinating to follow the road that international and national organisations take to achieving these. Read the report on page 34.

Along with this issue, we include our annual supplement showcasing leading hospitals in the United States, where they report on their initiatives to attract and treat patients from the Middle East. They offer some of the most cutting edge treatments in the world and in many cases lead the way in medical research.

Also in this issue we publish a number of important news reports – such as the dire situation in Yemen and Syria, the winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and World Mental Health Day.

In our medical research news section, we report on a potentially groundbreaking finding by researchers at UC Berkeley. They have linked bovine leukaemia virus (BLV), a cancer-causing virus prevalent in cattle, with human breast cancer. They note that if BLV were proven to be a cause of breast cancer, it could change the way we currently look at breast cancer control.

As usual you will find more news, reviews and interviews in this issue.

Callan Emery

2015 North American Hospitals Supplement Advertorials:
> Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
> The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
> Partners HealthCare International
> Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
> Mayo Clinic
> Lurie Children
> Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University
> Indiana University Health
> Johns Hopkins Medicine
> Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services
> Children’s Mercy Kansas City
> Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
> Baylor St. Luke’s
> Boston Children’s Hospital

(Nov-Dec 2015)

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