SDGs Today

a NEW
future for
health

Rising to the challenges and opportunities
of a once-in-a-century pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic has torn a hole through
society
and shown us how closely health and a
sustainable future are linked.

We have ten years to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—humanity’s blueprint for a
sustainable and just future—and COVID-19 is a formidable roadblock.

Photo: UNDP
Peru / Monica
Suarez

Photo: UNDP
Aurélia Rusek

Photo: UNDP
Sri Lanka

Photo: UNDP / Aurélia Rusek

An estimated 71-100
Million

people are expected to be pushed back into extreme poverty in 2020.

Yet even before the pandemic emerged, the world was not on track to meet

Sustainable Development Goal 3

  • No poverty zero hunger
  • good health and well being quality education
  • gender equality clean water and sanitation
  • affortable and clean energy decent work and economic growth
  • industry, innovation and infrastructure reduced inequalities
  • sustainable cities and communities responsible consumption and production
  • climate action life below water
  • life on land peace, justice and strong insitutions
  • Partnerships for the goals SDG logo

And its effects are spilling over onto the efforts to treat other diseases.

Photo: UNDP
Angola / Cynthia R. Matonhodze

Photo: UNDP
Angola / Cynthia R. Matonhodze

AIDS

It has seriously affected the AIDS response and
could disrupt it more.

A recent survey by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria found that 85 percent of
HIV programmes in 106 countries reported
disruptions . And sex workers, transgender men
and women, people who use drugs and gay men
have lost livelihoods, faced violence, and often are
scapegoated as the transmitters of COVID-19.

The Global Fund has made up to US$1 billion available to help fight
coronavirus, but HIV and tuberculosis resources are being repurposed for
the pandemic.

Tuberculosis

A rapid assessment in India
indicated an almost

80% Decline

in daily tuberculosis notifications in April.

As many as

117
Million
Children

Could miss out on their measles vaccination .

Measles

Chapter 02

Health
As A
Barometer

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