Viewpoint: Beyond disease burden: towards solution-oriented population health

The Lancet  
Jun 22, 2013  Volume 381  Number 9884  p2135 – 2222  e20

Beyond disease burden: towards solution-oriented population health
Ian Roberts, Rod Jackson

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The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) 2010 made a major contribution to population health by igniting a debate about how best to reduce human suffering and premature death. The timing was impeccable. As governments, health agencies, and civil society go into conclave to elect a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the GBD put health high on the policy agenda. We live in a world of horrendous health inequalities despite a vast array of effective interventions. In 2010, healthy life expectancy in men was 30 years in Haiti but 70 years in Japan.