The United States which is considered to be the best country in the world has actually performed poorly in UN ranking on progress towards Global Health Goals.
Studies show that the ranking was low due to the high level of Violence, childhood obesity, HIV, Suicide and alcohol abuse.
The Lancet Medical Journal published the research on Wednesday, in which 188 countries were ranked against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Out of 188 more than 60 percent of the nations have already met targets on reducing maternal and child death rates but have not met targets on eliminating Tuberculosis and HIV or reducing the prevalence of Childhood obesity and violence.
It is reported that the US also lagged among high-income countries on maternal and child mortality, reflecting and raising a question on the quality of healthcare.
On the other hand, Iceland topped the ranking in achieving the Global Health Goals, followed by Singapore and Sweden due to good sanitation and better healthcare provision on health problems such as obesity, chronic diseases, and violence and road traffic injuries.
Lowest scorer was the Central African Republic, Somalia, and South Sudan.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal was set to tackle problems including food and water security, poverty and climate change by 2030.
The aim of the SDG assessment is accountability on progress towards the targets, to give policymakers, aid groups, and health workers an overview of gaps and priorities in health care.
Stephen Lim, a professor of global health said, “(It is) a starting point for further investigation on how and why countries are under-performing or performing well, This will be an annual effort to ensure progress is maintained and lessons from successes are learned and rapidly transferred to other countries”.