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Third Goal: Good Health and Well-Being

Third Goal:  Good Health and Well-Being




Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues. 
Responsible Entities to Achieve the Goal and Monitor Achievement Levels:
Learn more about ‘Good Health and Well-Being ’ as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Current Status of the Third Goal

  • 14.6 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births
  • 7.9 child deaths under the age of five per 1,000 live births
  • 0.1 incidence of tuberculosis per 1,000 people
  • 4.9 deaths by road traffic injuries per 100,000 people

Policies and Strategies Supporting the Third Goal

National Health Plan

The National Health Plan of the Kingdom of Bahrain that was approved by the ministerial cabinet has laid out the roadmap for change in the health sector for the coming years (2016 - 2025).  The plan aims to achieve quality in providing sustainable health services, and to provide the necessary human resources and infrastructure so as to accomplish the government's program of action and the economic vision 2030.   One of the most important objectives of the plan is to implement a comprehensive health insurance system aimed at improving the provision of integrated, sustainable and high quality health services by optimizing the use of the available resources and to overcome the current challenges facing the health sector, as the rapid growth of population and consequent demographic position requires an increase in the cost for health services.

Implementation of national health insurance in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain is preparing to implement the National Health Insurance Programme through the Supreme Council of Health and in cooperation with the World Bank, marking the start of the preparation phase for the national health insurance project, which represents one of the strategic projects to improve the quality of health services in the Kingdom.

This project will play a pivotal role in raising the quality of health services and enabling citizens and residents to choose health service providers freely. The National Health Insurance Programme will contribute to the improvement of health services in cooperation with the various health sectors, especially the Ministry of Health, which plays a key role since the beginning of the project.

National Ambulance Centre Project

The Supreme Council of Health, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health, works on establishing a unified network of ambulances in which all emergency departments participate in creating an ambulance center in each of the Kingdom's governorates. The project aims to improve the level of ambulance services in the Kingdom, serving the population of the four governorates, and achieving a qualitative leap in the level of ambulance services in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

National Health Survey Project 2018

The Ministry of Health, in cooperation and partnership with the Information & eGovernment Authority, has implemented the National Health Survey project, which surveyed a sample of 4,000 Bahraini and non-Bahraini families and collective families in all governorates of the Kingdom.

The results of this survey will help in meeting a significant part of the requirements of both the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The survey results will also strengthen the health system of the Kingdom by providing a precise health database for the population of citizens and residents. The survey will contribute to measuring health performance indicators and their status and identifying communicable and non-communicable diseases, together with using the information and data to prepare the appropriate strategic plans to manage the health programs and evaluate its effectiveness at the kingdom level.


Page Last Updated: 03 Jun, 2020