Health goal

Health goal:

Health goals summarize the health outcomes which, in the light of existing knowledge and resources, a country or community might hope to achieve in a defined time period.

Reference: new definition

Health goals are general statements of intent and aspiration, intended to reflect the values of the community in general, and the health sector in particular, regarding a healthy society. Many countries have adopted an approach to setting health goals and health targets as statement of direction and intent with regard to their investments for health. WHO has supported the development, and promoted the use of health goals and targets at global and regional, national and local levels.

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1