Health and wellbeing

Health and well-being have a central role in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by the United Nations, emphasizing the integral part they play in building a sustainable future. The third SDG explicitly calls for ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. This goal encompasses a wide range of health objectives, from reducing maternal and child mortality rates, combatting disease epidemics, to improving mental health and well-being. But beyond SDG 3, health is intrinsically linked with almost all the other goals.

When addressing SDG 1, which aims to end poverty, one cannot neglect the social determinants of health. Economic hardship often translates into poor nutrition, inadequate housing, and limited access to health care, leading to a vicious cycle of poverty and poor health. Similarly, achieving SDG 2, ending hunger, also contributes to better health through adequate nutrition, essential for physical and mental development and the prevention of various diseases.

Conversely, the repercussions of climate change, encapsulated in SDG 13, profoundly impact health. Rising global temperatures can lead to increased spread of infectious diseases, compromised food and water supplies, and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, all posing severe health risks. Conversely, the promotion of good health can also mitigate climate change through the reduction of carbon-intensive lifestyles and adoption of healthier, more sustainable behaviors.

SDG 5, advocating for gender equality, also has substantial health implications. Ensuring women's access to sexual and reproductive health services not only improves their health outcomes, but also contributes to societal and economic development. Furthermore, achieving SDG 4, quality education, is also critical for health promotion. Education fosters health literacy, empowering individuals to make informed health decisions, hence improving overall community health.

Lastly, SDG 17 underlines the importance of partnerships for achieving these goals. Multi-sector collaboration is vital to integrate health considerations into all policies and practices. Stakeholders from various sectors, including health, education, agriculture, finance, and urban planning, need to align their efforts in creating sustainable environments that foster health and well-being.

Hence, the relationship between health, well-being, and the SDGs is reciprocal. Improving health and well-being helps in achieving sustainable development, and vice versa. In this context, health and well-being are not just outcomes but are also powerful enablers of sustainable development. For the world to truly thrive, it must recognize and act upon these interconnections.

To understand how best to help patients and improve health during an epidemic it is necessary to have good modelling techniques and protocols.
A reminder that some effective preventatives for the spreading of disease are relatively simple such as good hygiene and efficient washing.
It is important to have scientifically analyzed data to support the policy direction for children's schools, as they are a vulnerable group when it comes to emerging infectious diseases. [hotspot – schools]
Cancer disproportionately impacts Black patients in incidence and mortality. Accordingly, optimal anticancer pharmacotherapy is critical to improving outcomes in this population, however, Black patients are less likely to receive anticancer pharmacotherapy.

2025's World Leprosy Day: A Unified Call for Dignity and Healing

Celebration and Recognition

World Leprosy Day is commemorated each year on the final Sunday of January, promoting worldwide unity in the battle against leprosy. On January 26th, 2025, this day will occur. In India, January 30th is an important event that is observed annually to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's death anniversary. Gandhi was a strong supporter of the rights and respect for individuals stricken with leprosy.

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April.  This year’s theme "'My health, my right’ was chosen to champion the right of everyone, everywhere to have access to quality health services, education, and information, as well as safe drinking water, clean air, good nutrition, quality housing, decent working and environmental conditions, and freedom from discrimination. 

In support of SDG 3, the authors present a student mental health support system, based on artificial intelligence and big data analysis. The system designed through the research aims to provide a personalized mental health support and guidance resource for students, who face increasing psychological pressure in today's society. The system also provides effective mental health monitoring and support tools for ongoing mental health promotion activities in educational settings.

2024's World Patient Safety Day: An International Appeal for Safer Healthcare

Celebrated on September 17 every year, World Patient Safety Day is a major international occasion aimed at improving patient safety and lowering avoidable medical errors. Patients, healthcare professionals, legislators, and international organizations come together on this day to promote safer healthcare practices across the globe.

Sources and International Acknowledgment

Large language models (LLMs) are positioned to become another destination for those seeking medical information. Consequently, the readability of these materials becomes an important factor in ensuring their effectiveness in promoting health literacy, given that the average American reads at the eighth-grade level. Supports SDGs 3 and 10.
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Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Volume 39, March 2024

Access to care and contraception are both rights supported by SDG 3.

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