SDG April: Good Health and Well-Being
This month Sustainable Development Goal the Local Peace Economy is working on is Good Health and Well-Being to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages within our local communities. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being is important to building prosperous communities.
The pandemic has shown that in rich and poor countries alike, a health emergency can push people into bankruptcy or poverty and most countries, especially poor countries, have insufficient health facilities, medical supplies and health care workers for the surge in demand. It has also come apparent that global pandemics requires a global response. First trying to control the virus, second developing a vaccine and third vaccinating people around the earth in order to bring the virus under control. Likewise to keep people healthy in local communities around the earth will also take a global effort.
It is going to take people in local communities around the earth raising awareness about the importance of good, healthy lifestyles as well as people’s right to quality health care services, especially for the most vulnerable such as women and children. In order to achieve healthy lives in all local communities concerted efforts are required to achieve sustainable financing for universal health coverage. Local citizens have to tell their local leaders, government, health insurance industry that they want affordable complete health care so people can keep their families healthy.
Together we can ensure healthy lives and well-being. Here you can see what you can do to contribute. Find organizations to support, information to share and some useful tips for your everyday life that can really make a difference.
- You can start by promoting and protecting your own health and the people around you by making informed healthy choices.
- Find a Goal 3 charity you want to support. Any donation, big or small, can make a difference! See the “Get Involved” section above.
- Vaccinate yourself and your kids. Protecting your family from disease also aids public health.
- Place yourself on the organ and tissue donors’ registry in your country.
- Donate your blood. Safe blood saves lives!
- Walk! It’s good for the mind, body, and the environment.
- Volunteer at a hospital. You can support its operations and increase the hospital’s human capacity and productivity.
- Take care of your mental health. Meditate, talk to friends and family, and seek professional help.
- Help rural or emergency areas with equal access to medicine. Not all of the people have equal access to medicine, especially in rural areas. Run a campaign to donate medicine that will be passed to rural or emergency areas.
TARGET 3.1REDUCE MATERNAL MORTALITY
TARGET 3.2END ALL PREVENTABLE DEATHS UNDER 5 YEARS OF AGE
By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under‑5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births.
FIGHT COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.
REDUCE MORTALITY FROM NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES AND PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH
By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
PREVENT AND TREAT SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
REDUCE ROAD INJURIES AND DEATHS
By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE CARE, FAMILY PLANNING AND EDUCATION
By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE
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
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
IMPLEMENT THE WHO FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL
Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate.
SUPPORT RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE VACCINES AND MEDICINES
Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all.
INCREASE HEALTH FINANCING AND SUPPORT HEALTH WORKFORCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.
IMPROVE EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH RISKS
Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
Affordable Health care is a human right. The pandemic provides a watershed moment for health emergency preparedness and for investment in critical 21st century public services. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being is important to building prosperous societies. The Local Peace Economy has been working with local people and groups working within their community and joining with other communities to build a safe, just, healthy and green society where community members are free from want and suffering and are not financially supporting the suffering of others in the world community. So join us as we pledge to work urgently on this month SDG #3: Good Health And Well-Being.
To find out more about Goal #3 and the other Sustainable Development Goals, visit:http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment
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