​Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal #3 focuses on good health and well-being. This goal targets improvements in maternal, newborn and child health. It tackles crippling epidemics like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and hepatitis. It promotes universal health coverage and strengthening of health systems to support greater access to higher quality of care. SDG #3 sets 2030 as the timeline for meeting targets​.

Strides forward have been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic which has created large cracks in global healthcare systems. The Institute's activities will leverage AKU's capacities to help draw together stakeholders to address these enorous challenges.

Recent Work: Newborn Health and Survival in Kyrgyzstan

This is an in-depth and unprecedented study conducted in the region supported by the Government ​of Kyrgyz Republic on Newborn Health and Survival in Kyrgyzstan. AKU researchers include Zulfiqar Bhutta and Arjumand Rizvi. 

Reports are linked below:

1. Trends and determinants of newborn mortality in Kyrgyzstan: a Countdown country case study ​​

2. ​Improving maternal and newborn health in Kyrgyzstan ​

​Sample publications involving AKU researchers include​:​​​

Additional Resources:


The United Nations created a film to mark the 5-year anniversary of adopting the SDGs. In this video, goals are highlighted and prioritized, especially in light of recent events such as COVID-19.