The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mobilized resources on an unprecedented scale, and resulted in major health gains for many people in low- and middle-income countries. Yet substantial challenges remain, leading to a critical re-appraisal of the MDG framework. One of the criticisms is the strong disease focus at the expense of health system and care quality. Hence quality is increasingly described as the missing factor when translating intervention coverage into positive health outcomes.
To galvanize research and action on quality of care in low and middle-income settings, The Lancet Global Health has initiated a Commission on High-Quality Health Systems. The Commission has reviewed current knowledge and undertaken new empirical work, and proposes policy recommendations for measuring and improving quality in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The plenary will shed light on key challenges as well as emerging findings of the Commission's work in relation to measurement and quality improvement approaches as well as to questions related to ethics of the right to quality health care and its equitable distribution. In particular, it will highlight the role of digital approaches to measurement and improvement of health system quality and present practical examples.