Saturday, March 11, 2017

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

United Nations outlined that:
  • 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than six million children still die before their fifth birthday each year
  • Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions.
  • Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families. 
  • Only half of women in developing regions receive the recommended amount of health care they need
  • Fewer teens are having children in most developing regions, but progress has slowed. The large increase in contraceptive use in the 1990s was not matched in the 2000s
  • At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10–19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents global
  • In many settings, adolescent girls’ right to privacy and bodily autonomy is not respected, as many report that their first sexual experience was forced
The Goal states that by ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages is important in building a prosperous society.  To learn more about Goal 3 please read Good Health and Well-Being: Why it Matters.