When the UN meets at the end of September it will mark the end of the Millennium Development Goals; goals set back in 2000 to help reduce poverty, and the beginning of the next round of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
There are 17 new goals that are under consideration by the countries of the United Nations. The third is Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promoting Well-Being for All Ages. PATH, an international non-profit group, is focusing on promoting this specific goal through a variety of new technologies, including drugs, medical devices, vaccines, and diagnostics.
In an interview with Voice of America News, PATH Senior Program Officer Claudia Harner-Jay said PATH’s recently-released Innovation Countdown 2030 report highlights proven or promising medical technologies. There are 30 innovations listed, including resuscitators to help newborns breathe easier, and hand-held blood pressure devices to detect possible complications when a woman is giving birth.
Many other suggestions and ideas were submitted to PATH, and though they were not included in the report, PATH will feature them via the internet so the public can see and understand how they work.
Harner-Jay explained that the technologies they’re featuring and using can accelerate progress toward the new global health goals, specifically, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all.
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