Child Health: Breaking Down Global Goal 3

22 Sep 2015

With 17 global goals, 169 global targets and 193 global governments signing on, The Global Goals were always going to be a bit complicated and slightly harder to remember than their eight predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals. All this week, to hopefully make things simpler, we’re going to break down The Global Goals related to RESULTS key issues of child health, nutrition, TB, education and economic opportunities. We’ll give you our top three most important facts about the new goal and how it will impact on the world around us. First up, child health! SDG3 One of the most important goals for child health is Goal 3: Good health & well-being. This goal aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. So why is this goal so important for child health? Here are our top three reasons: 1. We missed Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) 4 on reducing child mortality by three-quarters between 1990-2015. 16,000 children die every day before their fifth birthday, mainly from preventable and treatable diseases. This is still too many. However, it is very important we acknowledge that the MDGs did drive significant progress in reducing under-five deaths. In 1990 12.7 million children died before their fifth birthday every year; in 2015 this reduced by 53% to 5.9 million a year. This shows us progress is possible, but we still have a long way to go to save unnecessary lives being lost. 2. Global Goal 3 has two specific targets which aim to improve child health (although they all will have an impact).Target 3.2 which aims to end preventable deaths of newborns and under-five children by 2030. UNICEF estimates that if we meet new Global Goal 3 on under-five deaths, we can save 38 million children’s lives in the next 15 years. We think that’s a pretty good reason why this goal should be one of the most important! 3. The second target in Global Goal 3,target 3.8, seeks to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), 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. Both these targets build on the health related goals of the MDGs (of which there were three) but go further in clearly setting out healthcare, including vaccinations which we know save millions of lives each year, should be available for everyone. No-one should be left behind and be stopped from accessing the important healthcare they need, because they can’t afford it, especially children. We believe in a world where no-one, especially a child, dies from preventable and treatable diseases when we have the medicines and knowledge to stop these unnecessary deaths. We believe in health for all and that’s why Global Goal 3 is so important.

Naveed Chaudhri

Head of Campaigns

Naveed Chaudhri is the Head of Campaigns. Naveed’s passion is to help build grassroots campaigns networks to increase public support for improving the lives of people in poor communities. Previously working at Oxfam and VSO, he has long experience managing activism and campaigning programmes,...

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