Over the last 15 years, the number of childhood deaths has been cut in half. This proves that it is possible to win the fight against almost every disease. Still, we are spending an astonishing amount of money and resources on treating illnesses that are surprisingly easy to prevent. The new goal for worldwide Good Health promotes healthy lifestyles, preventive measures and modern, efficient healthcare for everyone.

GOAL 3 IN numbers

  • By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
  • By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
  • By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases
  • By 2030, 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
  • By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents 3.7
  • By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes
  • 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
  • By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination
  • Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate
  • Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all
  • Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States
  • Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks

Goal 3 Indicators (Preliminary data from PSA)

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A Look at the Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 3 in Action

List of Key Government Programs, Activities, or Projects (PAPs) Contributing to Goal 3

National Health Insurance Program (NHIP)

The program aims to provide health insurance coverage and ensures access to cost-effective and quality health care services for all Filipinos.

Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP)

The Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health (DOH) aims to improve public health facilities by constructing new and upgrading and rehabilitating existing public health facilities across the country such as barangay health stations, rural health units/urban health centers and Local Government Unit hospitals.

Human Resource for Health (HRH) Deployment Program

In order to improve access to quality basic health services, there should be adequate healthcare professionals and workers across country who will provide these services. One of strategies that may contribute in addressing this issue is the deployment of the health workers through the DOH Human Resource for Health (HRH) Deployment Program. The program hires cadres of health professionals that will support and complement HRH at the local level particularly in rural, unserved and underserved communities.

Public Health Programs

The Department of Health (DOH) is currently implementing various public health programs that would provide interventions on addressing the triple burden of diseases in the country – morbidity caused by infectious diseases; mortality by non-communicable diseases (NCDs); and emerging incidence of injuries, mental health, and alcohol and drug abuse.