Good health and well-being is the 3rd on the list of Global Goals of the United Nations.
Child mortality and maternal health are a priority under this goal.
Every year, more than 6,000,000 children die before turning 5. And 16,000 children die each day from preventable diseases like measles and tuberculosis
Every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from childbirth-related complications.
Bad health issues haven’t just been a killer but a time-waster which subtracts from the productivity time of a nation.
FACTORS AFFECTING GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Only 56 percent of births are attended by skilled professionals in many rural areas thereby causing complications or death
AIDS is now the leading cause of death among teenagers in sub-Saharan Africa, a region still severely devastated by the HIV epidemic.
Other health issues and non-availability of proper medical attention have cost lives.
GOALS OF GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
- A bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030
- Reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030
- By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age
- End the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases by 2030
- 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
Good health will require access to good and affordable health care services.
POSSIBLE WAYS TO ACHIEVE GOOD HEALTH
- Firstly, support research and development for vaccines and better general medicine.
- Ensure access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information, and education
- Provide access to quality essential health-care services, medicines, and vaccines for all
- Take care of mother and child especially the first year after birth
- Teach sexual and reproductive health in schools and at home
- Essential medicine should be readily available and affordable.
- The vaccination against malaria is almost finally a reality
- Have standby emergency services available at strategic points with emergency numbers to call to minimize road accident deaths
- Malaria can be dealt with using Bti method in Africa too. Bti is a biological or a naturally occurring bacterium found in soils.
It contains spores that produce toxins that specifically target and only affect the larvae of the mosquito, blackfly and fungus gnat. And it is approved for use in residential, commercial and agricultural settings primarily for control of mosquito larvae. And NO, Bti does not pose any form of threat to humans. So why not do an aerial spray of areas that are prone to malaria?
Nigeria has achieved a milestone and set the pace recently in fighting and eradicating polio and Ebola virus. Though, there is still more to be done globally.
Good health and well-being is a possibility if we understand that it also contributes to productivity.
No Poverty and Zero Hunger goals have an effect on Good health and well-being.
Also, find detailed information and statistics on the UNDP site.
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