Good health

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

This Goal brings together a range of targets aimed at improving overall global health by 2030, such as: reducing maternal mortality; ending preventable child deaths; combating AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases; halving death and injury from road traffic accidents; and improving access to healthcare, medicines and vaccines. Read more on the UN SDGs website…

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You could use t film clip below from Gapminder to start off a lesson on the topic of global health. Hans Rosling and Bill Gates use a ‘party trick’ to show how 83% of children are currently receiving vaccines, and that the world is on target to reach the rest over the next 20 years.

Here are some teaching ideas for exploring this Goal through different subjects:

Personal / Social / Health Education: determining what makes a healthy lifestyle and how to live accordingly; how to maintain a nutritious diet.

Science: studying the science behind health and nutrition.

Geography: mapping the prevalence of disease and learning about the health challenges that exist in different world regions.

Maths: creating or comparing graphs which show the prevalence of diseases throughout the world.

Physical Education: researching the importance of exercise and how it contributes to overall health.

History: exploring the history of diseases and how they have spread and changed over time.

Teaching resources:

Have a read through our feature article on Health, drugs and disease.

Take a look at HealthMap, an interactive map showing real-time occurrence of infections and diseases around the world. To explore the current COVID-19 pandemic you can also use these graphs and statistics reporting in real time on virus cases around the globe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) website has a set of regularly updated factsheets on a variety of global health issues, including: maternal mortality; reducing child mortality; HIV/AIDS; malaria and tuberculosis. You can also find more detailed information and case studies in the health topics section of the WHO website.

Lesson plans:

A Healthy Start – 60 mins, ages 8 to 11. Suitable for Science (health education), Language and Literacy, Citizenship.

The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.

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