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[Comment] Primary health care and the Sustainable Development Goals

After the eight Millennium Development Goals that have shaped progress in the past 15 years, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by governments at the UN General Assembly in September, 2015. SDG3 explicitly relates to health—to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”. This goal is translated into 13 targets: three relate to reproductive and child health; three to communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, and addiction; two to environmental health; and one to achieving universal health coverage (UHC).

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