Why health matters?
Good health is crucial and essential to sustained economy, social development and poverty reduction. Good health is nearly the basis of development. First, tight relationship exists between health and economy status of a country. When the birth rate increased by 10%, the annual economic growth rate was about 0.3%-0.4%. Besides, heath does a great impact on education. In, the average math and reading achievement of children are negatively affected by several health conditions.
Brief introduction of SDG3—Good health and well-being
Even though the medical level has a great improvement all over 21th century, there still exists difficult medical problems and several places are still in poor medical conditions:
- Only half of women in developing regions receive the recommended amount of health care they need
- 940 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2017
- Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia
- An annual global age-standardized suicide rate is 10.5 per 100 000 population.
SDG3 is mainly aiming to the following parts:
- Reduce maternal mortality and neonatal mortality rates
- Reduce communicable diseases like AIDS
- Reduce the injuries/deaths from road traffic or hazardous chemicals
- Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse
- Strengthen sexual and reproductive healthcare services
- Strengthen development of vaccines and medicines
Stay alert !
In addition to government policies and UGO efforts, what can we do in our normal life to help achieve SDG3 and maintain our body health?
- Get regular medical check-ups
- Get vaccinations and use condoms
- Wash hands and wear masks in flu season
- Quit smoking and drinking
- Periodic disinfection of clothing and other items
- Talk to someone when you are depressed, don’t be afraid of psychiatrists
Maintaining is better and easier than curing, we should stay alert to take care of ourselves. However, honestly, we can never ever avoid the happening of diseases in our life. Serious or small diseases would always occur, more importantly, we have to learn how to live with diseases and keep positive.
When Ebola virus outbreaks, WHO organized doctors and nurses from all over the world to help the people in Congo; when novel coronavirus occurs in China, a huge number of medical supplies are donated from other countries and the vaccination is being developed with the help of the researchers around the world. The unsolved health problems are not just for a person or one country, it’s for the whole planet. The world is a huge circle, every part of it matters. Faced with diseases, we are incredibly small and fragile, but also, we are unexpectedly strong.
- Universal health coverage, world health organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/themes/universal-health-coverage/GHO/universal-health-coverage
- Health and economy: A vital relationship. Retrieved from https://oecdobserver.org/news/archivestory.php/aid/1241/Health_and_the_economy:_A_vital_relationship_.html
- Eide, Eric R., Mark H. Showalter, and Dan D. Goldhaber. “The relation between children’s health and academic achievement.” Children and Youth Services Review 32.2 (2010): 231-238.
- Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Retrieved from https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/health/
- Mental health. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/data/gho/data/themes/mental-health/GHO/mental-health