This analysis of 33 health related sustainable development goals was based on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2015. Dr. Krueger was one of the collaborators on this global research project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators. Published online Sept 21, 2016. www.thelancet.com
The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals have been called "senseless, dreamy, garbled", given that they include 17 goals, 159 targets and 230 indicators. Bill and Melinda Gates were among the earliest skeptics. They argued that the goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound and easy to communicate.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has taken on the task of making the health related sustainable development goals relevant and useful. Have they succeeded? The simple answer is yes. They have developed an index that clearly helps to communicate countries' progress toward the goals.
A nation’s SDG index score is based on a scale of zero to 100. Iceland tops the list with a score of 85. The lowest-scoring nation was the Central African Republic, at 20. The United States has a score of 75, just behind Slovenia, Greece, and Japan, all at 76.
1. Iceland (85)
2. Singapore (85)
3. Sweden (85)
4. Andorra (83)
5. United Kingdom (82)
6. Finland (82)
7. Spain (82)
8. Netherlands (82)
9. Canada (81)
10. Australia (81)
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