Our Impact: The Union and Sustainable Development Goals

The Union’s work directly supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a universal set of goals that UN member states use to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. To measure progress against this goal there are targets that cover global health priorities, including maternal and child health, communicable diseases, universal health coverage and non-communicable diseases.

Target 3.3

By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

In India, The Union's Project Axshya has treated 25,000 TB patients
34,846 patients started HIV treatment, thanks to The Union Office in Myanmar.
Union led extensive research referenced in the WHO decision to recommend a new MDR-TB none month regimen.
In Zimbabwe, The Union treated 28,225 patients for TB in 2015.

Target 3.4

By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

The Union and World Diabetes Foundation developed a highly influential publication on TB-diabetes
In Uganda and Zimbabwe, The Union supported the integration of TB and diabetes mellitus care in 20 health facilities.

Target 3.A

Strengthen the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in all countries, as appropriate

The Union has managed 323 Bloomberg tobacco control grants in 43 countries.
Smokefree laws for 3.33bn people in 35 countries. Higher tobacco tax for 3.54bn people in 15 countries.