The United Nation’s Global Goals For Sustainable Development | Ensuring Healthy Lives and How to Help

In just one week, the United Nations will bring countries and citizens together to finalize the Global Goals – formally known as the Sustainable Development Goals.  These seventeen goals provide an action plan to end extreme poverty and its most devastating corollaries.  As successors to the expiring Millennium Development Goals (announced in 2000) – it’s imperative that we use our voices and collectively call upon leaders to make the Global Goals implemented and well-known everywhere. They need to be famous.  They won’t succeed otherwise.  And in a world of amplification via social media, this is possible.

During my graduate school years, I was introduced to the literature of Paul Farmer and the ways in which he revolutionized the delivery of health care worldwide. His extensive work in health, human rights, and the consequences of social injustice and inequalities very much influenced my career path in street-based HIV research.

A truly committed quest for high-quality care for the destitute sick starts from the perspective that health is a fundamental human right.  – Paul Farmer, Pathologies of Power

Among sixteen other Global Goals that concurrently spill into one another is Goal #3 – Good Health and Well Being – To Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages.  Right now, there’s a measles epidemic sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo – and every single day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth worldwide.  We need to hope for a world where no child has to die from a disease that we know how to cure and prevent.  We need to reach those living in humanitarian crises.  We need to live in a world where proper health care is a lifelong right for us all.  And we need the Paul Farmers of the world who ignite social change with advocacy and care for the world’s most vulnerable.  This goal matters.  Without health we have nothing.

Here’s how to help:

        • Join the movement to make Global Goals famous and take action here.
        • Share your #GlobalGoals selfie on social media to tell the world about the goal that you are passionate about, from gender equality, climate change, education, poverty, hunger and many others.


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Comments

  1. Loved your post; looking forward to a healthier world via the Sustainable Development Goals!

  2. You are right, the Global Goals do need to be famous.

  3. I love your selfie! There are so many diseases that are preventable, and the global goals can achieve that. This gives me so much hope.

  4. You’re right. Everyone deserves the right to Good Health. Paul Farmer has always been a huge influence on me and we definitely need more Paul Farmers in this world.

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