What’s concerning us : Part 3. UN SDG 3 – Good Health & Wellbeing

This is the fourth in a series of articles on what is concerning us. Consistent with our previous piece on SDG 8 we have widened the title scope from “investors” to “us” given we are all stakeholders in the outcomes.  In each article we concentrate on major issues that companies can positively impact.

The United Nations Sustainability Goals “UN SDGs” provide the Framework that Giddy Up has adopted to assist companies meet their Social License to Operate. In our second article we addressed Work and Growth. This time its access to Health.

Impact Hub report – major program areas

Access to Quality Health and Wellbeing is a high scoring development goal adopted developed geographies.

Access to Quality Health and Wellbeing is a high scoring development goal adopted developed geographies.

Goal 4:  Access to Quality Health and Wellbeing

The UN focus is on ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, but working towards achieving the target of less than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030 would require improvements in skilled delivery care.

Achieving the target of reducing premature deaths due to incommunicable diseases by 1/3 by the year 2030 would also require more efficient technologies for clean fuel use during cooking and education on the risks of tobacco.

Many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. By focusing on providing more efficient funding of health systems, improved sanitation and hygiene, increased access to physicians and more tips on ways to reduce ambient pollution, significant progress can be made in helping to save the lives of millions.

  • Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full the provisions in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all

  • Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States

  • Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks

New Zealand examples

Ford Sumner lawyers worked through their priorities to determine health and wellbeing as a key driver. The Ocean Swim series was subsequently selected as the firm’s preferred community partner.

Hep C Action Aotearoa is working to eliminate the disease by 2025 in NZ. They have focused on awareness campaigns with crafted lobbying. It has helped lead to Hepatitis C becoming Pharmac-funded for all from this February 1st. This is a significant milestone as the cost of medication has been a major stumbling block to treatment to date. Support through further funding is an available opportunity.

Information technology company Optimation is working to build a social corrective services platform in the justice and rehabilitation space. Utilising digital delivery and kiosks in remand environments there is the ability to leverage the platform – think writers visits and either digital or physical books. 

The NZ Government 2019 Wellbeing budget will focus priority spending on wider goals than economic return on investment. Putting people at the centre of the discussion will become increasingly common. Companies need to position themselves in this developing paradigm.

Conclusion

Business needs to broaden its Purpose in a conversation with its stakeholders. Considered alignment with the community is a win-win opportunity that awaits those with the insight and tenacity.

InsightsBrian Steele