Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being

Despite the incredible progress worldwide to achieve sdg goal 3, In Nigeria, there are still 89 per 1000 children who die before their fifth birthday every year. 300,000 children die each day from preventable diseases such as malaria and measles. Every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from child-birth related complications. In many rural areas, only 56 percent of births are attended by skilled professionals. AIDS is now the leading cause of death as there are 2.2 million infected individuals who don’t have access to ARV drugs in Nigeria.

These deaths can be avoided through prevention and treatment, education, immunization campaigns, and sexual and reproductive healthcare. The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well.

Facts and figures

29 in 1000

For every 1000 children born, 29 die at birth in Nigeria

37 per 1000

37 in 1000 children die before they are even born.

89 per 1000

89 out of 1000 children never make it to their fifth birthday.


Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of 5 as those from wealthier families.

3.2 million

There are 3.2 million Nigerians living with HIV as at 2018

1 million

Just 1 million HIV infected Nigerians are on ART

Over 100,000

More than a hundred thousand Nigerians are Diagnosed with Cancer

294 per 1000

Only 294 per 1000 persons are covered by Health Insurance annually


With about 100 million malaria cases and about 300,000 deaths annually, Nigeria has the highest number of malaria casualties worldwide.”
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action