Before we get into this month’s goal, we have two very exciting announcements!!

This month, we at #TheSDGVizProject are excited to announce that we will be teaming up with Lindsay Betzendahl and #ProjectHealthViz.  With this month’s goal focused on health and well-being it seemed like the perfect opportunity for our projects to come together.  Lindsay has over a decade of experience in the healthcare field and is one of the most passionate and skilled data professionals we’ve ever met.  We are beyond thrilled to be teaming up this month and can’t wait to see the contributions from our incredible community!  For more information on #ProjectHealthViz, please check out Lindsay’s web site

We are also very excited to announce that we have recently begun working with the Centre for Humanitarian Data to start providing our community with more diverse datasets each month.  The Centre is managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and, is “focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector”.   The Centre offers a wide range of services to support humanitarian efforts, one of which is managing a massive open source repository of humanitarian data, known as the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX).  This repository is open to the public to both access and share humanitarian data and currently houses over 17,000 datasets.  Please visit the Centre’s web site for more information on their organization.


Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

In the past couple of decades, there have been major developments leading to incredible progress in improving life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality, and fighting a number of life-threatening communicable diseases.  However, there is still a long way to go in order to achieve the Goal 3 Targets listed below.  Nearly half of the world’s population does not have access to essential health services, and even for some of those who do, accessing these services can cause significant financial hardship.  Here are some other statistics from the U.N. related to Goal 3

  • In 2015 over 300,000 women died in childbirth, nearly all of which lived in lower and middle income countries.  Almost two thirds of these preventable deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • In 2017 the under-5 mortality rate was 39 per 1,000 live births.  This was a roughly 7% reduction from 2015 (42 per 1,000) and an incredible 49% reduction from the year 2000 (77 per 1,000)
  • The percent of children receiving the three doses of the vaccine that prevents diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, increased from 72% in 2000 to 85% in 2015, but nearly 20 million children still did not receive this vaccine in their first year of life.  The percent of children receiving the Measles vaccine increased from 59% in 2015 to to 67% in 2017.  Though that is still considered far too low, there has been an 80% reduction in Measles related deaths between 2000 and 2017
  • The Tuberculosis incidence rate dropped by 21% between 2000 and 2017, but roughly 10 million people still developed the disease in 2017
  • In the 10 highest burden African countries, the number of deaths due to malaria increased by 3.5 million in 2017 from 2016
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of HIV in adults ages 15-49 dropped by 37% between 2010 and 2017
  • Road Traffic Deaths, the leading cause of death worldwide for people ages 5-29, increased from 1.31 million in 2013 to 1.35 million in 2016.
  • Suicide, the second leading cause of death for this same age group, has decreased slightly from 12.9 per 100,000 in 2000 to 10.6 per 100,000 in 2016 but still remains the second leading cause of death for adults ages 15-29.
  • For more stats related to this month’s goal, please see the Goal 3 Progress site here

Goal 3 Targets:

  • 3.1 By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
  • 3.2 By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
  • 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.
  • 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.
  • 3.5 Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
  • 3.6 By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
  • 3.7 By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.
  • 3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.
  • 3.9 By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
  • 3.A Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate.
  • 3.B Support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and noncommunicable 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 the 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.
  • 3.C Substantially increase health financing and the recruitment, development, training and retention of the health workforce in developing countries, especially in least developed countries and small island developing States.
  • 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.

This Month’s Challenge:

In April 2020, we are excited to be able to share a wide range of data sources related to this month’s Goal.

As always, we are sharing Goal related data from the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal Database, with regional data on all of the targets listed above.  This data can be found on our site, located here

In addition, thanks to the incredible people at the Centre for Humanitarian Data, we are providing links for a large number of datasets from the HDX that are related to this month’s Goal.  On our site, there is a csv file containing 3 tabs with links to roughly 300 datasets

  • global_data_files – Contains links to roughly 70 global datasets on a variety of different topics
  • country_health_indicators – Contains links to over 200 country specific files.  Each file has decades worth of data on hundreds of different health indicators
  • epidemics – Contains links to over 30 datasets related to specific epidemics around the world.  Please note that we have not included any data sources related to number of cases or deaths from COVID – 19


If you would like participate, you can use data from any source, but the overall goal is to focus your analysis on some of the health related topics mentioned in the Targets above.  If you come across other interesting datasets, please let us know so we can add them to our page on  The deadline for submission will be April 30, 2020. Make sure to tag us in your submission, add the #TheSDGVizProject and #ProjectHealthViz hashtags, and add your submission to #TheSDGVizProject tracker and the #ProjectHealthViz tracker

As we mentioned on our Home page, building a viz is not the only way to participate.  Our main goal is to spread awareness, so if you see a viz with #TheSDGVizProject, please share it.  And keep an eye out for a post at the end of the month with ways that you can contribute to this month’s goal.


Centre for Humanitarian Data

Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX)

Global SDG Indicators Database

Progress of Goal 3 in 2019

Goal 3: Health

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