Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, often abbreviated as SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being. The aim of this goal is to increase life expectancy for all by, in particular, eliminating common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Health is a particular development challenge for people and communities with diverse SOGIESC because of the biases and norms embedded in our healthcare systems and in development practice.
SDG 3 is a diverse SOGIESC issue because people with diverse SOGIESC have unique health needs that often go unmet by existing systems and health promotion interventions. We know that some issues—such as HIV/AIDS—disproportionately affect people with diverse SOGIESC; but HIV/AIDS is not the only health and well-being issue. People with diverse SOGIESC often experience significant mental health challenges as a result of systemic discrimination and harassment, and are more likely to avoid seeking medical attention or be turned away from medical facilities as a result of discrimination.
The resources available under SDG 3 cover a wide range of issues including: taking an inclusive health approach for people with diverse SOGIESC; the specific issues around transactional sex people with diverse SOGIESC face in developing contexts; the mental health impacts of discrimination; and inclusive approaches to health care practice.
These resources have been compiled to enable development practitioners to develop and implement diverse SOGIESC-inclusive health programming, and to empower practitioners with the knowledge they need to better meet the targets of SDG 3.