Global health improvement and WHO: shaping the future

Lancet. 2003 Dec 20;362(9401):2083-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(03)15107-0.


A world torn by gross health inequalities is in serious trouble. The global health community can do much to reduce suffering and death among vulnerable groups. WHO is changing its way of working, alongside member states and financial and technical partners, to reach key national health goals and strengthen equity. The most urgent objectives include the health-related Millennium Development Goals, the 3 by 5 target in HIV/AIDS treatment (to provide 3 million people in developing regions with access to antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2005), and addressing the growing epidemics of non-communicable diseases. The key to achieving these objectives is strengthening of health systems guided by the values of Health For All.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Retroviral Agents / supply & distribution
  • Anti-Retroviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards
  • Developing Countries
  • Ethics, Institutional
  • Global Health*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Public Health Administration / standards
  • World Health Organization / organization & administration*


  • Anti-Retroviral Agents