Health and well being
According to the United Nations,
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.
According to the WHO Sexual and Reproductive Health Fact Sheet with focus on the African region,
“Achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is a key component to achieving Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5. Indicators to measure the progress towards this goal have shown that the African region, though progressing based on interventions across the different countries, still lags behind the rest of the world and more effort is needed to achieve the goal.”