Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Good Health & Well-Being

Great strides have been made in improving people’s health in recent years. 146 out of 200 countries or areas have already met or are on track to meet the SDG target on under-5 mortality. Effective HIV treatment has cut global AIDS-related deaths by 52 per cent since 2010 and at least one neglected tropical disease has been eliminated in 47 countries.

However, inequalities in health care access still persist. The COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing crises have impeded progress towards Goal 3. Childhood vaccinations have experienced the largest decline in three decades, and tuberculosis and malaria deaths have increased compared with pre-pandemic levels.

The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all.

To overcome these setbacks and address long-standing health care shortcomings, increased investment in health systems is needed to support countries in their recovery and build resilience against future health threats.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

1990 Des Plaines IL USA N

Usher Study Group

1985 Epsom UK G

UWI Medical Alumni Association

UWIMAA Kingston Jamaica E

Vaccines Europe

VE 1991 Brussels Belgium E

Vaccines for Africa Initiative

VACFA 2008 Cape Town South Africa G

Valid International

1999 Oxford UK G

VALID Nutrition Limited

2008 Bantry Ireland F

Validity Foundation

Budapest Hungary E

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda Cameroon G

Variety Clubs International

VCI 1927 Los Angeles CA USA N

VAS-European Independent Foundation in Angiology/Vascular Medicine

VAS Milan Italy D

Vegan Society

1944 Hockley UK N


1993 Liebefeld Switzerland G


2005 Washington DC USA F

Veterana Esperantista Klubo

VEK 1949 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

Veterinary European Transnational Network for Nursing Education and Training


Vienna International Academy for Integrated Medicine

Vienna Austria N

Vienna NGO Committee on the Family

1985 Vienna Austria E y


2000 Seattle WA USA G

Villages of Hope-Africa

1999 Mississauga ON Canada G

Violence Prevention Alliance

VPA 2004 Geneva Switzerland E y

Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board

VHPB 1992 Edegem Belgium D v

Virtual Global Taskforce

VGT 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport

1986 Sheffield UK C

Vision Aid Overseas

VAO 1985 Crawley UK G

Vision Alliance

2009 Coimbatore India E y

Vision Health International

VHI Grand Junction CO USA G

Vision Outreach International

VOI St Joseph MI USA N

Vital International Foundation

1996 Accra Ghana N f

Vitamin Angels

2004 Santa Barbara CA USA G

Vitamin D Workshop

VDW 1973 S c

Vitiligo Research Foundation

VR Foundation 2010 New York NY USA F f

Viva Network

1996 Oxford UK F

Viva Salud

Brussels Belgium G

Voir Ensemble

Paris France J

Volk in Nood

VIN Tervuren Belgium N

Voluntary Service Overseas

VSO 1958 Kingston upon Thames UK G

Volunteer International Christian Service

VICS 1971 Edmonton AB Canada G

Volunteer Medics Worldwide

1991 Brazil IN USA N

Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity International

VOSH/International 1972 Omaha NE USA G


1974 Washington DC USA G

W K Kellogg Foundation

WKKF 1930 Battle Creek MI USA G f

WACI Health

1997 G

Wainwright House


Walk21 Foundation

Walk21 2000 Cheltenham UK F f

Walter E Dandy Neurosurgical Society

WEDNS 2011 St Louis MO USA E


1989 Lomé Togo E

War Child

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F

WASH Alliance International

WAI 2011 G y