Global public health: a scorecard

Lancet. 2008 Dec 6;372(9654):1988-96. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61558-5. Epub 2008 Oct 20.


Global health is attracting an unprecedented level of interest. In this paper, we summarise recent trends and identify the unfinished and new agendas in global public health. We propose a global public health scorecard as a simple way to assess progress and suggest actions by public health practitioners and their organisations for improving the effectiveness of public health. Although we find many recent positive developments in global health, the potential for global cooperation and progress is still largely untapped. Compared with other components of development, health improvement should easily foster global cooperation; strong advocacy and political will are keys to continuing progress. We view global public health as a barometer of more general development. Our responses to the current health challenges are at the forefront of the global struggle for survival.

MeSH terms

  • Child Mortality / trends*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Communicable Diseases / economics
  • Communicable Diseases / etiology*
  • Environment*
  • Global Health*
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy / trends*
  • Mental Disorders / etiology
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Public Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Public Health / trends*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / mortality
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control