Good Health and Well-Being

SDG Overview

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


Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other — COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe.

Before the pandemic, major progress was made in improving the health of millions of people. Significant strides were made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. But more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, and increased access to physicians, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.

From prevention to policy, philanthropy can help improve the lives of all people through better health. Donors can drive change in myriad ways, from ensuring healthcare is universally accessible, high quality, and affordable, to addressing the systems that affect health outcomes. No matter which path you choose, health philanthropy requires long-term commitment and a learning mindset.


What Are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.

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