Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Global Action Plan
Eleven global health and development organizations are working together on a plan to accelerate progress towards the global health goals.
Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All will be delivered in September 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly.
The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual snapshot of the state of the world’s health. This 2018 edition contains the latest available data for 36 health-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators.
The SDG Health Price Tag, published in The Lancet Global Health, estimates the costs and benefits of progressively expanding health services in order to reach 16 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population.
WHO's Universal Health Coverage data portal shows where countries need to improve access to services, and where they need to improve information.
The portal features the latest data on access to health services globally and in each of WHO’s 194 Member States, along with information about equity of access. Next year WHO will add data on the impact that paying for health services has on household finances.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals with 169 targets that all 191 UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2030. Health has a central place in SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages, underpinned by 13 targets that cover a wide spectrum of WHO’s work. Almost all of the other 16 goals are directly related to health or will contribute to health indirectly. The new agenda, which builds on the Millennium Development Goals, aims to be relevant to all countries and focuses on improving equity to meet the needs of women, children and the poorest, most disadvantaged people.
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.
Global Action Plan
World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring health for the SDGs
SDG Health Price Tag
The SDG Health Price Tag estimates the costs of expanding health services needed to reach 16 SDG health targets in 67 low- and middle-income countries that account for 75% of the world’s population.
Monitoring health for the SDGs
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