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Sustainable Development Goal 3:Good Health and Well-Being

Purpose : To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages is important to building prosperous societies.

Why?
Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more

What progress have we made so far?
Major progress has been made in several areas, including in child and maternal health as well as in addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

The best investment for a safer, fairer and healthier world is universal health coverage.

How much will it cost to achieve these targets?

Non communicable diseases alone will cost low- and middle-income countries more than $7 trillion in the next 15 years. But the benefits outweigh the cost. Healthy people are the foundation for healthy economies. Spending $1billion in immunization can save 1million children’s lives each year.

Goal target  : By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

To know why the Goal 3 matters to all of us , click here.

To know more on UAE Govt’s initiative on SDG goal 3, click here 

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