#SDG3 is about ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

On 13 October, SOLIDAR will join the official launch of the SDG Watch Europe at the Permanent Representation of North-Rhine Westphalia in Brussels.

SDG Watch Europe is an emerging, cross-sectoral, civil society alliance of 70 EU-level civil society organizations (CSOs), initiated in June 2015. It aims to ensure the EU’s achievement of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 by independently monitoring EU and member states’ implementation. 

Starting on September 26th (17 days ahead of the #SDGWatchLaunch), the SDG Watch Europe will dedicate each day to one of the 17 goals. On #SDGWatchLaunch a short message will remind of the “SDG of the day”.

Today’s SDG is #SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

According to the ILO World Social Protection Report 2014/2015, more than 90% of the population living in low-income countries remains without any right to coverage in health. Globally, 39% of the population is lacking such coverage. This means that the cost of health care have to be covered directly by the sick. At the same time, health care is frequently neither available nor affordable, and out-of-pocket payments to access needed services can lead to poverty.

In the framework of its work to ensure #sociaprotection4all, SOLIDAR Members, together with their partners in the field, work to ensure that people are aware of their rights, can exercise their Right to Health, and participate in the decisions that concern their health.

Here are some examples:

  • In Kosovo, Solidar Suisse works to ensure that patients and healthcare professionals are involved in the reform of the healthcare provision system.
  • In Burkina Faso, Solidarté Socialiste (SOLIDAR Belgian member) support health mutual organisations that have emerged in in the last past fifteen years in a context marked by a weak state and the implementation of the Law on Universal Health Insurance for the population in the rural and informal sector.
  • In Niger, MPDL (SOLIDAR Spanish member) works to enhance women’s sexual and reproductive Rights through the “School of Husbands”.

Find out more on SOLIDAR members’ work to promote access to health here.

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