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Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages

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countries and areas have met or are on track to meet the SDG target on child mortality.

Unsurprisingly, the pandemic has hindered progress on SDG 3. There have been advances, including reducing child mortality and AIDS-related deaths. But we are falling behind in other areas, such as reducing maternal mortality and ensuring universal healthcare access. Tuberculosis and malaria deaths have increased compared with pre-pandemic levels, and childhood vaccinations have registered the largest decline in three decades.

By 2030, to reduce the global maternal mortality rate and  to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and communicable diseases, we will need to substantially increase the health workforce in developing countries and continue to support research and development of vaccines and medicines that primarily help developing countries.

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Debunking COVID myths

More than three years after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the world is still struggling to respond to this ongoing threat and connected crises. Accelerating the recovery and getting the SDGs back on track was in fact the focus of the 2023 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

To restore SDG progress and prepare for the next global health crisis, we must overcome three widespread myths, including that pandemic prevention diverts resources from other priorities.