SDG3 aims to "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages".

It has thirteen associated aims, that include:
  • Reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. End preventable deaths of new-borns and children under 5 years of age.

  • End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

  • Reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.

  • Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

  • 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.

  • Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

  • Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.

  • Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

  • Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services.

  • Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable and provide access to medicines for all.


Prior to the Covid pandemic, good progress was being made in reproductive, maternal and child health.

Recognising the interdependence of health and development, SDGs provide a purposeful plan for people, planet and prosperity and for improving health and development outcomes.

SDG 3 aspires to ensure health and well-being for all. It also aims to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and effective medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well as expanding access to affordable medicines.
Sustainable Development Goal #3

How can an organisation pursue SDG3?

In the West, we tend to suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress. Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are also rising. How can businesses promote better health and wellbeing for their staff locally and contribute globally?

Organisations can locally contribute to SDG3 in many ways:

  • Lunchtime activities - physical activities such as walking, encouraging healthy eating, improving the environment both inside and outside the office.
  • Sports - arrange sporting activities for staff, including walking, running, badminton, football, yoga, etc.
  • Health and wellness checks - encourage staff to get regular health checks.
  • Lifestyle alignment - offer flexible working arrangements that reduce business-personal stress and improve people's work-life balance.

Organisations can also contribute globally:

  • Support for NGOs - donation of products, money and time. For example, help to fund organisations delivering improved sanitation and health care.
  • Supply chain - ensure that suppliers support health and well-being in their organisations, through comprehensive supply chain audits.
  • Products - develop and provide products that help enhance health and well-being around the wo

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