Jan 18, 2020 Volume 395Number 10219p165-246, e6-e13
Monitoring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals: lessons learned and recommendations for improved measurement
Samira Asma, Rafael Lozano, Somnath Chatterji, Soumya Swaminathan, Maria de Fátima Marinho, Naoko Yamamoto, Elena Varavikova, Awoke Misganaw, Michael Ryan, Lalit Dandona,
Ren Minghui, Christopher J L Murray
The UN General Assembly launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September, 2015.1 The original global SDG framework included 17 goals, 169 targets, and 232 unique indicators.2 Of these, 12 goals, 33 targets, and 57 indicators have been identified as health-related SDGs (HRSDGs),3,4,5,6 that is, pertaining to health outcomes, health services, and well-established environmental, occupational, behavioural, and metabolic risks. The scope of health in the SDGs is much broader than in the Millennium Development Goals, spanning from maternal and child health and infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases, injuries, risk factors, and health-system functions. Regular monitoring of the HRSDGs is important for fostering a shared notion of accountability for results, identifying important gaps in resources and rates of progress, and taking into account emerging challenges that can influence the trajectory of progress. Regular monitoring and accountability will be essential to sustain policy focus and funding for the broad and complex HRSDG agenda.