Expanded health coverage, greater access to family planning, and fewer deaths of newborns and children under the age of five are among several health improvements contributing to progress toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. However, hepatitis B, childhood obesity, violence and alcohol consumption have worsened, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly in New York and published in The Lancet.
It is the first global analysis that assesses health-related SDGs in 188 countries by creating an overall index score on a scale of zero to 100. As a result, Iceland ranks the first at 85 with the United Kingdom and Canada among the top 10 at 82 and 81 respectively. Kenya scored 40, Tanzania 36 and Uganda 31. With a score of 26, Afghanistan is among the bottom 10; the Central African Republic being the lowest at 20.
Ranked at 149, Pakistan shares the score of 38 with Bangladesh and Mauritania – six places behind India and way behind Iran.
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