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perhaps the most significant achievements of the last 12 months were in global health. I count 18 unique successes in 2017, many of which will help sow the seeds of progress for the years ahead.The first notable success occurred early in the year, when a Guinness World Record was set for the most donations of medication made during a 24-hour period. On Jan. 30, more than 207 million drug doses were donated to treat neglected tropical diseases including guinea-worm disease, leprosy, and trachoma. Fewer than 20 new cases were reported globally, a 99 percent reduction since 1988 .Wrapping up my list of disease-specific gains of 2017 is the renewed commitment made by global health ministers to eradicate tuberculosis by 2030 .I therefore count the December meeting as a "success" not for its achievements, but because it was a reminder to the international community that improving health care access remains a long-term endeavor.As the global health community resets its annual clock – and I begin cataloguing the big health stories of 2018 – we should take a moment to reflect on the 12 months recently ended. Even in a mediocre year, the global health community saved millions of lives.
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