Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The targets under the health goal are organized into three pillars (explained below), and Universal Health Coverage or target 3.8, is an overarching theme that aims to ensure access to good quality health services for all, without financial hardship.

Pillar 1 is on the unfinished and expanded MDG agenda related to reducing maternal and child mortality and ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, besides ending the epidemics of communicable diseases including HIV, TB, malaria, neglected tropical diseases and hepatitis.

Pillar 2 is on new health targets unaddressed under the MDGs. This includes reducing mortality from noncommunicable diseases, promoting mental health, strengthening prevention and treatment of substance abuse, halving global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents, and reducing deaths from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and containment.

Pillar 3 is linked to the means of implementation for the targets. This includes, strengthening implementation of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, providing access to medicines and vaccines for all, supporting research and development of vaccines and medicine for all, increasing health financing and health workforce in developing countries and strengthening capacity for implementation of International Health Regulations - developing early warning systems, risk reduction and management of health risks.