8. The Way Forward: A Blueprint for Action
Editors/Authors: Dean T. Jamison, Joel G. Breman, Anthony R. Measham, George Alleyne, Mariam Claeson, David B. Evans, Prabhat Jha, Anne Mills, Philip Musgrove
Vast progress is needed in health, and vast progress is possible. DCP2 recounts substantial successes that have been achieved in human health during the course of the past century. Public health interventions have reduced infant deaths, prevented epidemics, and managed chronic illnesses. From studies that look at historical trends to those that analyze particular cases, DCP2 makes clear that these achievements are largely the consequence of technical progress, understood broadly to include not only innovative medical interventions but also public health initiatives, improvements in organizing and financing the delivery of care, and beneficial changes in other sectors. Waiting for economic growth to improve health would be a mistake when developing and applying knowledge can achieve so much.