GOAL : Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development and building prosperous societies. Significant strides were made in increasing life expectancy and ensuring the individuals can live healthy and productive lives. Within that regard, progress in reducing child mortality rates has accelerated over the past 15 years, with the number of child deaths plummeting by almost half.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the healthcare systems of many countries and the devastating global health impact poses a threat to the progress achieved in regards to health goals thus far, including fighting infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health.
Moreover, the pandemic further demonstrated that regardless if a country is deemed rich or not, health services in all regions have been pushed beyond capacity and struggled to provide people with vital healthcare. This further highlights the crucial need for preparedness.
THE 13 TARGETS OF GOAL 3 ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Reduce maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births.
End all preventable deaths under 5 years of age
End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
Reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
Reduce road injuries and deaths
Universal access to sexual and reproductive care, family planning and education
Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
Reduce illnesses and death from hazardous chemicals and pollution
Implement the WHO framework Convention on tobacco control
Support research, development and universal access to affordable vaccines and medicines
Increase health financing and support health workforce in developing countries
Improve early warning systems for global health risks