Tracking the health news over the past few months, there’s been one very intriguing trend that has stood out to us here at CNiC: Grand Visions.
In a moving speech on Poverty, Health, and Human Future to the World Health Assembly this month, World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, made the compelling case that visions for a poverty-free world are possible by 2030. Speaking, he said:
A generation must rise that will drive poverty from the earth. We can be that generation. A generation must rise that will end the scourge of inequality that divides and destabilizes societies. We can be that generation. A generation must rise that will bring effective health services to every person in every community in every country in the world. We will be that generation, and you—members of this Assembly—will lead the way.
Yes, I’m optimistic. I’m optimistic because I know what global health has already achieved—what you have achieved.
The need for an endgame comes from the recognition that we do not have to accept the industrial marketing of tobacco, and that current policies—successful as they have often been—will likely not make the tobacco problem disappear. Those policies were never intended to eliminate the tobacco industry; the best case scenario they offer involves endless skirmishes with the industry’s ongoing attempts to expand its markets and thwart regulation. Discussion of an endgame can inspire new visions of the possible.
Let the endgames begin.