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Good news for our global health: The quality of and access to health care have improved around the world, and Norway’s health care system is among the best!

Good news for our global health: The quality of and access to health care have improved around the world, and Norway’s health care system is among the best!

Recently, the medical journal The Lancet released a study on the global health care access and quality from 2000 to 2016. The results are mainly positive – the economic growth in many low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa has contributed to better health care access and improved quality of health care services.

Norway is among the best-performing countries with a score of 96.6 points, only surpassed by Iceland (97.1). The Netherlands (96.1), Luxemburg (96.0), Finland and Australia (both 95.9) are following close behind. The global average healthcare access and quality has increased from 42.4 points in 2000 to 54.4 points in 2016.

Despite the overall good news, the study also reveals that we are far away from our goal. The worst-performing countries were the Central African Republic (18.6), Somalia (19.0) and Guinea-Bissau (23.4), showing that some countries’ health system are not evolving at pace with their growing populations’ health needs. Among the pressing health threats are non-communicable diseases and cancer, which are becoming more common globally. Read more about The Lancet’s results here.

Norway has been a major player on the international healthcare scene, particularly working in close collaboration with health ministries and think tanks of other nations. Norway is the founding member of The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and also on the boards of global alliances like The Global Fund and GAVI vaccine alliance to address health financing and combat communicable and non-communicable disease threats of the 21st century.

In India, Norway has been active with a health cooperation called Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) since 2005. Working closely with The National Health Mission’s Maternal and Child Health Programs, NIPI and The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have successfully implemented interventions for maternal and child health. Since 2018, NIPI has been extended to three years to attain Sustainable Development Goal 3 concerning good health and wellbeing, by 2030. For more information, visit the Embassy partner Jhpiego’s website.