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

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA 2007 Seattle WA USA G


1983 The Hague Netherlands G

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Watchlist 2001 New York NY USA G

Water and Sanitation for Africa

WSA 1988 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g

Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y

Water for People

WFP 1991 Denver CO USA G

Water Inception

2017 Nyon Switzerland N

Water Mission International

Water Mission 2001 North Charleston SC USA G

Water Missions International

WMI 2001 Charleston SC USA G

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G


1981 London UK F

WaterAid Canada

WAC 1987 Ottawa ON Canada G

Waterbirth International

1988 Boca Raton FL USA N


2017 Preverenges Switzerland G


Geneva Switzerland F

WAVE Trust - Worldwide Alternatives to Violence

1996 Croydon UK G

WE Charity

1995 Toronto ON Canada F

WEC International

WEC 1913 Coventry UK F v

Wellbeing Foundation Africa

ABFA 2004 G f

Wellshare International

Minneapolis MN USA G

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N

WELLSTART International

1977 San Clemente CA USA G

Welt der Kinder - a child's world

Welt der Kinder Bregenz Austria N


1962 Bonn Germany G


1981 Amsterdam Netherlands G

WePROTECT Global Alliance

2012 Lisse Netherlands B

West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation

WACPF 2008 Accra Ghana G f

West African Association of Food Science and Technology

WAAFoST 2008 Guelph ON Canada D

West African College of Nursing

WACN 1980 Lagos Nigeria F v

West African College of Physicians

WACP 1976 Lagos Nigeria D

West African Health Organization

WAHO 1987 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E g

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West and Central Africa Human Rights Training Institute

WACAHRI 2004 E j

Western Pacific Association for Medical Education

WPAME 1988 D

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g

WFO - Pan-African Regional Office

1977 Tunis Tunisia K


Brussels Belgium D

Wheelchair Sports Worldwide

1998 Aylesbury UK K f

Wherever the Need

WTN 1997 Bath UK G

Whirlwind Wheelchair International

WWI 1989 San Francisco CA USA N

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

WRA Washington DC USA F

WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening

1999 Barcelona Spain K g

WHO Centre for Health Development

WKC 1996 Kobe Japan E g

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health

ECEH Bonn Germany K g

WHO European Healthy Cities Network

WHO Healthy Cities 1988 Copenhagen Denmark E

WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice

Venice Italy K g