Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Major progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people. Maternal and child mortality rates have been reduced, life expectancy continues to increase globally, and the fight against some infectious diseases has made steady progress.
In the case of other diseases, however, progress has slowed or stalled, including global efforts to eradicate malaria and tuberculosis. Far too many deaths occurred because trained health workers or routine interventions, such as immunizations, were not available. In fact, at least half the world’s population, many of whom suffer financial hardship, are still without access to essential health services.
In rich and poor countries alike, a health emergency can push people into bankruptcy or poverty. Concerted efforts are required on these and other fronts to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health.