Though health lies at the heart of human development, questions about what drives sustainable improvements in this area remain very contested. Improving Global Health, the third volume of the Patterns of Potential Human Progress (PPHP) series, explores the story of human health over time. Using the International Futures (IFs) integrated forecasting system, the volume's authors attempt to answer such questions about the long-term patterns and drivers of health outcomes in the global context.
By first forecasting global health measures along the current path of human development, this volume then attempts to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of potential interventions in the health system over the long term. Ultimately, the authors explore how these alternative health futures—achieved through various forms of interventions—might affect broader economic, social, and political prospects of countries, regions, and the world.