The SDGs are interconnected. So, while our efforts to address key health issues in Africa and Asia focus primarily on goal three (good health and wellbeing), they also contribute to achieving 10 others. For example, to prevent dengue transmission (goal three), we encourage communities to adopt safe water storage and sanitation practices (goal six).
If we are to improve health for all, it is crucial that we seek to ensure equity and appropriate power relations, in addition to implementing integrated and cross-cutting programmes. To this end, we have helped establish village health clubs and introduced the community dialogue approach to enable community members to discuss and find solutions to their own healthcare concerns.
We are guided by the SDGs’ principle of leaving no one behind. Therefore, we actively support governments to deliver health services to hard-to-reach and underserved communities by developing, trialling and scaling up novel approaches. These include digital health strategies and new tools, such as insecticide-treated clothing that protect night-time forest workers in the Greater Mekong Subregion from malaria.
Click on the link below to find out more about how Malaria Consortium is contributing to the SDGs and why a multifaceted approach is necessary to improve health outcomes globally.