Global Health’s Grand Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has created an index that measures countries’ progress toward the UN’s much-publicized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Working with SDG administrators, researchers at the institute synthesized several dozen health measures to come up with a single number that represents a country’s progress. Iceland leads the rankings with 85.5 out of 100. The Central African Republic sits at the bottom, with 20.4.
 
The index comes as a response to criticism that the SDGs are too complex. But some in the global health field say community priorities, not lofty metrics, should hold the most weight.
The Lancet

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