121031 Beyond 2015: Shift from poverty to inequalities and from mortality to morbidity

Beyond 2015: Shift from poverty to inequalities and from mortality to morbidity

The Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Future We Want for All
Global Thematic Consultation
Duttine, A, Blanchet, K and Mactaggart, I
Handicap International Federation, International Centre for Evidence in Disability at London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
October 2012

Health issues in the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are extremely focused on the reduction of mortality pertaining to women, children and the incidence of infectious diseases. Issues outside this narrow scope have often been ignored, forgotten or deprioritized. At the same time, the MDGs were broadly criticized for not being inclusive to persons with disabilities.

To begin to address these inequalities, the health community must engage more closely with the disability community and begin to redefine its understanding of the notions of “access” and “survival”. We suggest that survival be considered as the “promotion of life”, as opposed to how it is currently being used as the “prevention of death”.

Several major developments have taken place within both the health and disability sectors since the original drafting of the MDGs. These have been significant and must be taken into consideration when developing the post-2015 development agenda.

This paper, part of the Global Thematic Consultation on the post-2015 development agenda, explores health issues pertaining to disability, and the neglect of these issues in the pre-2015 Millennium Development agenda.