A general aim towards which to strive; a statement of a desired future state, condition, or purpose.
A goal differs from an objective by having a broader deadline, and usually by being long-range rather than short range.
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 period of time.
World Health Organization. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Glossary. 2009.