UNDERSTANDING THE SGDs SERIES – GOAL 3 (By Israel Fugah)

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits” -Thomas Jefferson

The aim of Goal 3 is to achieve a possible win over the fight against almost every disease. By promoting healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and modern, efficient healthcare, we are making huge strides in achieving this goal.

Interesting Facts To Note

17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than five million children still die before their fifth birthday each year.

Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families.

Children of educated mothers—even mothers with only primary schooling—are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education.

Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions.

Progress Made So Far

Over the last 15 years, the number of childhood deaths has been cut in half. Before the pandemic major progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality and fighting against leading communicable diseases.

Coverage of the required three doses of the vaccine that prevents diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis increased from 72 per cent in 2000 to 85 per cent in 2015 and has remained unchanged between 2015 and 2017

MTW’s Involvement In Achieving Goal 3

Goal 3 is one of the key goals treated under the Get Global Program designed by Move The World.

In helping achieve this goal, Get Global Programme has the objectives of enhancing the understanding of mental health as important as physical health and the importance of their health and bodies.

Our effective facilitation procedure ensure by the end of the session, skills in leadership, self-awareness, coordination, memory, active listening and empathy have been improved.

The Passport Exercise coupled with other engaging activities such as the Half-Way Check In, Health Bingo and Lines of Communication consist of some of the creative ways through which the youth are engaged.

State of Goal 3 During COVID19

COVID19 classified as a pandemic that has literally affected every aspect of human life and has literally caused a halt to almost human activities has proven to have a considerable level of impact on achieving good health for the people. The pandemic provides a watershed moment for health emergency preparedness and for investment in critical 21st century public services.

What You Can Do To Help Achieve Goal 3

More efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, and increased access to physicians, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.

In conclusion

Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health, to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, and to tackle antimicrobial resistance and determinants of health such as air pollution and inadequate water and sanitation.

Reference links:

https://www.who.int/sdg/targets/en

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg3

https://www.globalgoals.org/3-good-health-and-well-being

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