GBD 2017: a fragile world

The Lancet
Nov 10, 2018 Volume 392 Number 10159  p1683-2138  e14-e18
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/issue/current

Editorial
GBD 2017: a fragile world
The Lancet
Since The Lancet published the first Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) over 10 years ago, every new iteration has brought improvements in data quality and quantity. With the sharpening of these estimates came a reassuring message: year on year, they portrayed an ever-healthier world. Careful reading of the results of GBD 2017 shatter this comforting trend of gradual improvement and instead show plateauing mortality rates on a background of faltering and uneven progress, era-defining epidemics, and dramatic health worker shortages. Instead of the progress updates we have become accustomed to, GBD 2017 comes as an urgent warning signal from a fragile and fragmented world…