SDG #3 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 for many that means losing health coverage in a pandemic. In the US 8.5% of the population had no health coverage in 2020. In 2017, only around one third to half of the global population was covered by essential health services. If current trends continue, only 39 percent to 63 per cent of the global population will be covered by essential health services by 2030. Ensuring healthy lives for all requires a strong commitment, but the benefits outweigh the cost, healthy people are the foundation for healthy economies.
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 by 2030. 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.
What you can do to help.
You can start by promoting and protecting your own health and the people around you by making informed healthy choices.
- Raise awareness in your community about the importance of good health, healthy lifestyles as well as people’s right to quality health care services, especially for the most vulnerable such as women and children.
- Hold your government, local leaders and other decisionmakers accountable to their commitments to improve people’s access
to health and health care.
- Find a charity you want to support. Any donation, big or small, can make a difference!
- 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 calls on everyone everywhere to join us and the UN and pledge: “We are resolved to a Decade of Action to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are necessary. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”
The Local Peace Economy has been working with local people and groups active within their community and joining with other communities to build a safe, just and green society where community members are free from want and suffering and are not financially supporting the suffering of others in the local and world community. So join us as we pledge to work urgently to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path of peace, that leaves no one behind.
For more information on sustainable choices and actions visit: The UN Campaign for Individual Action: http://www.un.org/en/actnow
To find out more about Goal #3 and the other Sustainable Development Goals,visit:http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment