A life course approach to health, human capital and sustainable development is a holistic strategy to optimize people’s health and wellbeing throughout life and interlinkages with human capital and sustainable development.
This briefing explains why a life course approach is fundamental in delivering the SDGs and on promises to expand access to primary health care and to provide universal health coverage. It summarizes WHO’s work in promoting health and human capital through the life course. The paper recommends multispectral actions that governments, health and development agencies, service providers and individuals can take to embed such an approach to achieve health and sustainable development.
World Health Organization, 2019. www.who.int/life-course