by Devi Sridhar
The Lancet – Published Online: 21 September 2016
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the assessment of their progress in health, are incredibly complex even for the most astute development and health experts. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has taken on the unenviable task of assessing whether the SDGs are indeed measurable and attainable in 188 countries by drawing on their Global Burden of Disease (GBD) database. The GBD 2015 SDG Collaborators have created a health-related SDG index, which is a function of the GBD measures of 33 of 46 health-related SDG indicators. The index is measurable and clearly helps to communicate countries’ progress.