Summary of Talk:
The United Nations announced the 2030 development agenda to transform our world in Sep 2015. The agenda sets 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to end global poverty and hunger and secure the planet over the next 15 years. Goal 3 is specifically health-focused: “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”, though other goals also have several targets related to health. The past 15 years have witnessed remarkable progress in achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in China. However, the demographic and epidemiological transitions that come along with economic progress bring new challenges for China to achieve the health related SDGs, which cover a boarder set of health topics compared with MDGs. These challenges call for urgent actions from us to craft effective solutions to achieve the health SDGs.
This talk will introduce the background of the health SDGs, the challenges that China face to achieve the health related SDGs, what the DKU SDG research team are doing to tackle such challenges, and what everybody can do to help achieve such goals. The aim is to increase the awareness of the health SDGs and call upon everyone to be actively involved in achieving the goals.
Shu Chen, MSc. is research analyst and coordinator at the Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University. She received her bachelor degree at Peking University, China and master degree in global health at Duke University, US. She interned at World Health Organization (WHO), Innovations in Healthcare, US, Duke-NUS Health System and Services Research, Singapore, and the George Institute for Global Health, China prior to joining Duke Kunshan University in 2014. She has conducted research in health outcome, economics evaluations and health polices related to the health SDGs, cardiovascular diseases and ocular TB testing. Her current research interests are health systems strengthening with special focus on health outcomes and economics evaluation.