SINGAPORE TOPS LIST OF NATIONS IN ACHIEVING UN HEALTH GOALS
Last Updated: 2017-09-13
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SINGAPORE, Sept 13 (NNN-Bernama) -- Singapore tops the list of 188 nations based on progress made in meeting health-related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) this year and the only Asian country at the top 10, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

More than 2,500 collaborators from 135 countries and territories have taken part in a project measuring the UN SDG indicators carried out by the US-based University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The report of the findings was released Wednesday.

The report measures 37 out of 50 health-related targets proposed by the UN that include infant mortality, vaccination, rates of various diseases (tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and more), smoking, child abuse, violence and universal health coverage.

It looks on the progress the countries made in fulfilling the health-related targets from 1990 to 2016 and capacity to achieve the targets by 2030.

Singapore ranked first with a score of 86.8 on the scale of zero to 100, closely followed by Iceland (86) and Sweden (85.6).

Asian nations, Japan and South Korea, were placed at 21 and 28.--NNN-BERNAMA