Why health matters to human development

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, reflects on the development agenda post-2015 and explains how better prevention and care of Non-communicable Diseases fit into her vision for a broader development goal thereby decreasing the threat NCDs pose to progress.

The preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization, agreed in 1946, defined health as ’a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. That definition stands to this day. It reminds us that good health is built on broad foundations, and is about rather more than the absence of illness.  

UNDP, Helen Clark, NCDs