The Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) has adopted as its theme for 2018: Ireland, health and the SDGs. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the UN 2030 Agenda place an onus on governments and societies in all countries around the world to meet the challenges facing us all. Ireland alongside all other countries will monitor and report on progress under the 17 SDGs. Irish Aid aligns its support for global development and health within this agenda.
The Irish Forum for Global Health aims to maximise the Irish contribution in response to this call for action in global health. In doing so our mission as a network is to facilitate learning, connect, influence and engage individuals and institutions within the global health community and to high the key contributions made to global development and health, within Ireland and worldwide.
SDG3, ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’, has many areas of core concern to IFGH members, including the achievement of the following:
- Improving health systems and funding to promote Universal Health Coverage, ensuring health care and financial protection for all. This involves increasing health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce and support for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks.
- Non-communicable diseases and mental health, including issues of cardiovascular health, cancers, substance abuse, tobacco control, injury and accidents, and hazards and pollution.
- Infectious diseases, such as HIV and AIDs, malaria and tuberculosis. This includes appropriate prevention and treatment of illness and research and developments within vaccines and medicines
- Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, focusing on reducing mortalities and morbidities within high-burden areas, and improving access to sexual and reproductive care and family planning
These bring together concerns to address the social and environmental determinants of health as well as health systems factors.
As well supporting SDG3, the work of IFGH members span all other SDGs; those on poverty, hunger, education, gender equality, water and sanitation (SDGs 1,2, 4, 5, 6, 7) and those addressing energy (8), inequalities (10), climate action (13), the goals to create sustainable cities, waters and land, supported by peace and justice (16) and strong global development partnerships (17).
The SDG movement in Ireland and globally enables a renewed focus on health as a fundamental and cross-cutting concern, required for human development in all contexts. The IFGH brings our members together to engage, learn, connect and advocate on these issues within Ireland and abroad.