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SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing


SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Improve health care access, reduce mortality rates and the number of preventable deaths.


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

  • Every day in 2017, approximately 810 women died from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia account for about 86 per cent of maternal deaths globally (UN, 2020).

  • At least 400 million people have no basic healthcare, and 40 percent lack social protection.

  • By the end of 2017, 21.7 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy. Yet more than 15 million people are still waiting for treatment.

  • Every 2 seconds someone aged 30 to 70 years dies prematurely from non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes or cancer.

  • 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air.

  • More than one of every three women have experienced either physical or sexual violence at some point in their life resulting in both short - and long-term consequences for their physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health.

  • #PositiveAddictions - Concentrate on what’s good for you - good for your body, good for your mind and good for your soul. Positive addictions “strengthen us and make our lives more satisfying.” Positive addictions, unlike their negative cousins, enhance life. Share your journey, ask advice and mentor others using the hashtags #positiveaddiction. And remember it takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to create a lifestyle.*

  • Create time and space for people around you to discuss the influence of pandemic on their life. Try to see and understand the deeper impact on your body, mind, emotions, relations and soul. If you are not sure what that mean, get inspired by our own thoughts on that matter.

  • Research and try to understand the connection between inequality and pandemic (for example you can start here). Initiate a conversation in your organization/company/group of friends about that topic. Think also about areas connected to good health and wellbeing that Covid influences but may not come to our mind right away (like lack or reduced medical support on other diseases, increase in domestic violence, drug and alcohol addiction, increase rate of child mortality, etc.).

  • Develop a list of 10-key steps to wellbeing for your group/organisation.* Discuss together how you can take care not only of yourself, but also of each other.

More inspiration:

  • To read

  1. Mira Rehab – social business from Romania opened by 4 friends who decided to use their IT skills to improve the health of most vulnerable children from their country.

  2. Fundacja Wyobraź sobie – personal story of a Polish organization's founder who from her own experience of growing up in a violent and alcoholic family found the strength to help children and women in similar conditions.

  3. Moksha – volunteers from Argentina organizing yoga classes for prisoners, supporting their physical and mental health.

  4. Little People – organization from Romania supporting children with cancer.

  5. RegenerAkcja – discussions about topics connected to burnout, life balance and taking care of yourself.

  • To watch

  1. Watch a 3-minute video which explains in a visual way what Global Heath is (really important in times of pandemic).*

  2. Watch the super-inspiring speech of the Nagosky sisters about burnout and closing the stress cycle to develop your own ability of dealing better with everyday stress.

  3. Enroll in the free online course De-Mystifying Mindfulness on Coursera, which approaches mindfulness from different perspectives and offer the opportunity to practise it by following instructions and audio guides.

* Those information and calls into action come from fantastic Development Perspectives materials about SDGs. Have a look here to discover more.

For more info about other SDGs, have a look at here.

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