What are SDGs?
In 2015 the United Nations created and established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which act as a collection of goals designed to achieve a “better and more sustainable future for all”. Since its creation, 17 SDGs have been benchmarked as a universal guide in establishing a brighter tomorrow for humanity. Certainly through this new lens, the achievement of global health is not to be dismissed and overlooked. Instead of asking “what can we do for you?” nations now realize the importance of collaborative efforts (COVID19 pandemic is a clear epitome), to work together to consider “what can we do together?” to solve common health challenges.
Aiming for 2030, the agenda for sustainable development emphasizes that achieving the SDGs requires balancing three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. What is influenced and interlinked with all three dimensions? Health. More specifically, the third goal aims to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.
What is the relation?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), major challenges remain in terms of reducing maternal and child mortality and in the need to continue the fight against transmissible and chronic diseases, including their risk factors. There is a need to focus on these ongoing issues and to create solutions that can be implemented in healthcare on a global level. Solutions include implementing universal health coverage and financial risk protection, creating greater access to quality fundamental healthcare services and essential medicines and vaccines. So, how does health – more specifically digital health – play a part in all of this?
Digital health solutions have boosted the development to enhance medical communication, the efficiency of care, the management of chronic conditions, reducing costs and improving medical outcomes overall. Using digital health in relation to SDG 3 involves strengthening the capacity of all countries for early warning, risk reduction, and the management of national and global health risks. These advances in technology are enabling populations to push back the boundaries of disease.
There are many healthtech game-changing entrepreneurs working tirelessly to shift the status quo, and we would like to shed light on some of the solutions our alumni startups are doing.
Enhanced Fertility with the use of AI, machine learning and predictive analytics is creating efficient diagnosis by rapidly detecting fertility risk factors, delivering personalized information and treatment recommendations, all whilst making global patient treatment pathways accessible to all.
Amygdala Health, who is using digital health to manage and prevent chronic heart diseases all powered by behavioral science. According to the WHO, “cardiovascular diseases are the leading non-communicable disease, attributable to 17.9 million deaths globally per year”.
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Luci Health, as they are tackling everlasting and non-curable dementia (which affects 50 million people worldwide) using voice technology for shorter diagnosis and earlier detection.
The list goes on and on. Despite the changes we have seen and improvements we have made, more attention needs to be brought to realize the goals we have set for ourselves. Because our health is an investment and not an expense. For a better and more sustainable future for all.
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