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People Have Resilient Health

Why this goal?

Even in today's world, health inequalities and stark regional variations exist. These require continued attention, commitment and intervention if the third Sustainable Development Goal (Improved Health and Well-Being) is to be addressed.

From humanitarian aid to long-term health

GOAL's Resilient Health programme is underpinned by our commitment to health service development in fragile contexts. This means improving access to responsive, resilient systems that provide quality, efficient and accessible health, nutrition and WASH services - all whilst helping people learn how to improve their own well-being.

To do this, GOAL focuses on building resilient public and community systems that not only respond to the needs of people they serve, but that also address the root causes of ill health. GOAL prioritises working with communities to explore social, cultural and institutional barriers, with each programme drawing on proven inclusion, social and behaviour change methodologies.


How will GOAL achieve this?

GOAL will strengthen the capacity of health, nutrition and WASH systems to deliver quality and accessible services. To do this we are committed to:

  • Focusing on three 'R's:
    1) That people are Responsible for their own health,
    2) That health, nutrition and WASH systems Respond to people’s needs,
    3) That there are strong Relationships between service providers
    and local communities.
  • Strengthening systems by working in partnership with governments, the private sector and local communities to build resilient, responsive systems that deliver quality health, nutrition and WASH services.
  • Improving the capacity of individuals, families and communities to care for their own well-being.
  • Enhancing accountability, policy and governance mechanisms so that services respond effectively to community needs.

Stories: Resilient Health in action

People Have Resilient Health

Goal Strategy 2019-2021 English Cover Picture

Delivering effective, sustainable health outcomes.

GOAL responds to health emergencies, which can often transition into longer-term chronic
humanitarian health crises.

These health programmes are underpinned by support to the
development of health services in fragile contexts, improving access to responsive, resilient systems
that can provide quality, accessible and efficient health, nutrition and WASH services, alongside an
enhanced ability for people to care for their own well-being.