Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Sri Lanka's long-standing universal free healthcare system can be credited for the country's positive progress on several healthcare indicators, with indicators such as maternal mortality ratios and under-five and neo-natal mortality rates already well below SDG targets. However, Sri Lanka faces an increase in mortality rates associated with NCDs and mental health issues, as well as infectious diseases, such as Dengue, TB and HIV. Furthermore, despite the availability of universal free healthcare, out-of-pocket spending on healthcare is considerably high.
3.1By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
3.2By 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
3.7By 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
3.8Achieve 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.bSupport the research and development of vaccines and medicines for the communicable and non‑communicable 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.cSubstantially 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