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

World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies

WFNS 1955 Prague Czechia B y

World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology

WFNMB 1970 Vienna Austria C

World Federation of Occupational Therapists

WFOT 1952 London UK C y

World Federation of Parasitologists

WFP 1960 Canterbury UK B y

World Federation of Pediatric Imaging

WFPI 2011 C y

World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies

WFPICCS 1997 Geneva Switzerland B y

World Federation of Public Health Associations

WFPHA 1967 Geneva Switzerland B y

World Federation of Scientific Workers

WFSW 1946 Mont-Saint-Aignan France C

World Federation of Societies for Laser Medicine and Surgery

WFSLMS Tokyo Japan D

World Federation of Surgical Oncology Societies

WFSOS 1992 Harefield UK C y

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD 1951 Helsinki Finland B

World Federation of the Deafblind

WFDB 2001 B

World Federation of Therapeutic Communities

WFTC 1979 San Rafael CA USA C y

World Federation of Trade Unions

WFTU 1945 Athens Greece A yt

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World for World Organization

WFWO 2001 Rome Italy G

World Forum Foundation

1999 Lincoln NE USA F fy

World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health

WFFH 1955 Port Washington NY USA G f

World Geospatial Industry Council

WGIC 2018 The Hague Netherlands C t

World Glaucoma Association

WGA 2002 Amsterdam Netherlands B y

World Hatha Yog Federation

2019 Dantan India D

World Headache Alliance

WHA 1997 London UK F

World Healing Crusade

WHC Blackpool UK N

World Healing Network

Sheldon UK N

World Health Academy


World Health Care Networks

2010 Manuka ACT Australia N

World Health Editors Network

WHEN Axbridge UK F

World Health Innovation Summit

WHIS Carlisle UK J

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Health Partners

WHP 2008 Delhi India G

World Health Professions Alliance

WHPA 2000 Geneva Switzerland F t

World Health Risk Management Centre

WHRMC Tokyo Japan E

World Health Summit Foundation

WHS Foundation 2009 Berlin Germany F f

World Healthcare Forum Foundation

2012 The Hague Netherlands J f

World Heart Federation

WHF 1978 Geneva Switzerland B y

World Help

WH 1991 Forest VA USA G

World Hepatitis Alliance

WHA 2007 London UK B y

World Igbo Congress

WIC 1994 Houston TX USA G

World in Need

WIN International Associates 1991 Crowborough UK G

World Inclusive Dance Association

WIDA Moscow Russia J

World Indigenous Tourism Alliance

WINTA 2012 Porirua New Zealand C

World Information Transfer

WIT 1986 New York NY USA F

World Initiative for Soy in Human Health


World Instant Noodles Association

WINA 1997 Tokyo Japan F

World Institute of Pain

WIP 1993 Winston-Salem NC USA E j

World Institute on Disability

WID 1983 Oakland CA USA G j

World Kabaddi Federation

WKF 2004 D

World Legal Medicine Association

Buenos Aires Argentina D

World Leisure Organization

WLO 1952 Bilbao Spain B y

World Lupus Federation

WLF 2015 Washington DC USA C