|TARGET #||DESCRIPTION||SA STATUS
(PER 2019 COUNTRY REPORT)
|3.4||By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and wellbeing
|Mortality rates attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases have remained relatively stable between 2011 and 2016.
For 2016 these rates were:
· Cardiovascular disease: 11%
· Cancer: 7%
· Diabetes: 4%
· Chronic respiratory diseases: 3%
In 2013, the suicide mortality rate was on the increase, but it declined in 2015 when it was 1,3 per 100 000
|3.6||By 2030, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents
|The death rate due to road traffic injuries decreased from 27,5 deaths per 100 000 in 2010 to 24,9 in 2017. The target is to halve the 2010 rate − that is, the target is 13,75 per 100 000 deaths
|3.8||Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential healthcare services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines for all
|The 2019 Country Report provides no status for this target but a 2019 media report pointed out that less than 20% of our population of 58 million could afford private healthcare, while the majority have to queue at understaffed state hospitals short of equipment
|3.b||Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non-communicable diseases that primarily affect developing countries, provide access to affordable essential medicines and vaccines, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, which affirms the right of developing countries to use to the full provisions in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights regarding flexibilities to protect public health, and, in particular, provide access to medicines for all
|Gradual increase in vaccine uptake from 2010 to 2017. This can be seen by the change in the
proportion of the target population covered by all vaccines included in their national programme:
Pneumococcal conjugate: 52,1%
HPV (2015): 64%
Pneumococcal conjugate: 78,8%
Proportion of health facilities with core essential, affordable medicines available on a sustainable basis:
74,2% (2013), increased to 90% in 2018
|3.d||Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
|Measured on 13 core capacities which each received a 100% rating in 2018
The 13 core capacities are national legislation, policy and financing, coordination and national focal point communications, surveillance, response, preparedness, risk communication, human resources, laboratory, points of entry, zoonotic events, food safety, chemical events and radionuclear emergencies. It is noted that even though they received an assessment rating of 100% each in 2018, South Africa was not 100% prepared when COVID-19 happened
Sometimes it can be hard to identify the good in the world, especially as we have all been faced with our own unique challenges during COVID-19. This is why we are delighted to share with you this uplifting podcast with Brett Tromp CA(SA). It may be just what the doctor ordered!
Brett is the CFO of Discovery Health and also the CEO of Discovery’s healthcare services division which houses Discovery’s pharmacy, wellness and homecare businesses. Listen to Brett sharing valuable insights on SDG 3 and how we can all play a part in helping South Africa to achieve this goal by 2030: https://soundcloud.com/saica_sa/sustainablesa-brett-tromp-sdg-3
Some highlights from the podcast are:
- Incorporating health reporting into corporate reporting can have a positive impact on society.
- If society does well, your business does well.
- Some of the lifestyle choice we make each day are “choices we make to kill ourselves”. By adjusting these, we can each play a vital part in helping South Africa achieve SDG 3.
- Leaders need to take the lead by believing in the value of SDG 3 and helping to build sustainable and healthy workforces.
- Education and awareness around this SDG are key to achieving it.
- There is huge scope for innovation and adaptation around this SDG.
- It’s all about collaboration.
- Two examples of how effective action can be taken to achieve SDG 3 – case study on how Discovery recently collaborated with partners to provide the following two services to South Africa’s free of charge:
- Discovery and Vodacom launched a virtual consults platform to give any citizen in our country a free virtual GP consultation if needed during the COVID-19 period.
- Discovery, in partnership with the Department of Health under the leadership of Health Minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize, together with Apple and Google, developed and launched a world-class tracking app (COVID Alert SA) to help give our population the best chance of defeating the virus.
Now is the time for you to join the journey and share with us what your organisation is working on to help us achieve SDG 3. Together we can do this!