WHO: 13 health challenges to tackle this decade

Mackenzie Bean - Print  | 

The World Health Organization recently published a list of 13 urgent health challenges that global leaders must work together to address this decade.

The WHO is calling on leaders in all industries to allocate more resources for these health priorities, calling it an investment in our future.

"The cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said in a press release. "Governments, communities and international agencies must work together to achieve these critical goals."

Here are the 13 challenges, ranked in no particular order:

1. Health risks linked to climate change

2. Health crises in conflict zones

3. Global healthcare inequality

4. Limited access to medications

5. Infectious disease outbreaks

6. Lack of preparedness for disease epidemics

7. Unsafe consumer and food products

8. Underinvestment in health workers

9. High adolescent mortality rates

10. Mistrust in public health services

11. Technology monitoring and regulation

12. Antimicrobial resistance

13. Unsanitary healthcare environments 

To view a breakdown of each challenge, click here.

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