UN Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Solutions Journalism Network

The third UN Global Goal—good health and well-being—aims to ensure healthy lives for all people of all ages. Addressing poverty, hunger, and social inequality are all prerequisites to improving the health of the global population.  Since 2000, there have been significant advances in global health. Mortality rates for children under five years of age and for children within the first 28 days of life (i.e., neonatal) have fallen by 49 percent and 41 percent, respectively. The rate of maternal mortality has also dropped since the year 2000. Yet, progress is not uniform. In the US, maternal deaths have risen from 16.9 per 100,000 births in 2000 to 26.4 in 2015. Currently, the US ranks highest among developed countries in maternal deaths, and the trend is rising. Sub-Saharan Africa also struggles with maternal and child mortality rates higher than the global average.

Despite gains in recent decades, progress is beginning to lag in the fight against communicable diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Other areas—such as non-communicable diseases, mental health, and environmental risks—also call us to strengthen the capacity of health systems. The challenges of substance abuse, chronic illness related to pollution, deaths from accidents, and the rise of antibiotic resistant microbes point to particular areas where more work is needed.

The stories below highlight some of the many solutions to improving health and well-being.

We learn about how Baltimore has enlisted doulas to help reduce infant mortality rates. In the UK, tens of thousands of volunteers are picking up groceries, delivering medicines, and providing human contact for vulnerable populations that are self-isolating.  Some approaches  address multiple factors at once. Leeds has been the first city in the UK to reduce its childhood obesity using a program called HENRY (Health, Exercise, and Nutrition for the Really Young). Karen Weintraub’s story explains how doctors in Massachusetts look to diet as a way to treat physical and mental health illnesses.  Explore further to see how Project Echo is combating HIV through technology and education, how a city in India has reduced malaria cases by 24% through a combined approach, and more!

Click here for more stories in the Solutions Story Tracker on good health and well-being.

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