Summary of talk:
The United Nation’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) established ambitious health-related targets to achieve by 2030. With a population of over 1.3 billion people, China’s attainment of the health-related SDGs would benefit not only its citizens’ health but also contribute the global community.
In a 2-year research project funded by the Gates Foundation, we found that China has achieved several health-related SDGs, including decreases in infant, under-five, and maternal mortality rates and reduction in wasting and stunting among children. However, China is struggling in achieving 16 out of 28 SDGs, including child overweight, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, environmental exposures, and universal health coverage. In addition, the number of health-related SDGs achieved varies substantially across provinces and municipalities. To achieve all these goals, China must take a series of concerted actions, including more investments in public goods and services for health and reducing inter-country inequities.
Dr. Shenglan Tang is Professor of Medicine and Global Health at Duke Global Health Institute.
He is also Associate Director of DGHI for China Initiatives, and Executive Director of Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University in China, as well as Director of Research Hub for Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies/WHO, which has research projects in Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and other Asian countries. In his capacity at Duke Kunshan University, he was elected as President of Chinese Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CCUGH) in November 2015. Tang has more than 30 years of experience undertaking research on health systems reform, disease control and maternal and child health in China and other countries, and has provided consultancy services on health systems strengthening to many international organizations and governments of developing countries. In 2012, Tang came to Duke from the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), based in Geneva, where he was Unit Leader for TB/HIV and Health Systems. Before his assignment at WHO, Tang was a faculty member at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in UK, and School of Public Health of Fudan University (former Shanghai Medical University).