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Within the EU, initiatives on health and the EU Cohesion Policy support and complement national governments in their efforts to improve and protect human health, to reduce inequalities in health status and promote social inclusion. The European pillar of social rights underlines the right of every individual to timely access to affordable, preventive and curative health care, long term care and good quality essential services. It also covers social protection, including healthcare and sickness benefits.

Across the globe, the EU acts through the European development policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Enlargement policy to tackle challenges in third countries' health systems. EU action targets maternal and child mortality, infectious and non-communicable diseases, antimicrobial resistance, as well as access to sexual and reproductive health services. The European Medical Corps mobilises medical and public health teams and equipment for sudden emergencies, inside and outside the EU.

A full list of EU policies and actions supporting Goal 3 is available below.

EU actions

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EU Actions supporting Goal 3.

EU Actions supporting specific Goal 3 targets.

3.3 - By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases

3.4 - By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being

3.5 - Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol

3.6 - By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

3.8 - Achieve 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

3.9 - By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

3.a - Strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate

3.b - Support 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.c - Substantially 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

3.d - Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks