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This article was written exclusively for The European Sting by Ms. Maria LC Meurer, a 4e medical student at UNINGÁ and member of IFMSA Brazil. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), a cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this article are strictly the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA on the subject, nor of The European Sting.

The 2030 Agenda is a commitment made by the United Nations (UN) and several countries for social, environmental and economic development, comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 goals that must be achieved by 2030. Thus, despite the and future health professionals having the opportunity to contribute to all the SDGs of Agenda 2030, namely their greatest work is in SDG 3, which corresponds to “Good health and well-being”, in recalling that this only means a greater orientation towards this specific SDG, since they are integrated and indivisible.

When raising the question of health and well-being, it is important to remember the concept of health of the WHO (World Health Organization) which defines it as a state of complete physical and mental well-being. and social and not just the absence of In this perspective, nine objectives for SDG 3 were foreseen, based on the reduction of maternal mortality; at the end of preventable child deaths; in the fight against epidemics and diseases transmitted by water and other vehicles; in reducing premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases; in the prevention and treatment related to the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs; in the reduction of fatalities in traffic situations and by hazardous chemicals; and necessary access to health systems and services.

From this perspective, it is clear that the difficulties in promoting the health and well-being of the population are enormous and depend on several aspects, since the challenges of future health professionals do not rest only on the achievement of the objectives of the ‘Agenda 2030, but in its continuity through the prevention of diseases and the reduction of current problems, because until 2030, factors such as the growth and aging of the population will increasingly require an intensification of actions directed towards this aspect.

Thus, the importance of ensuring that the first contact is highlighted, which is one of the essential attributes of primary health care (PHC) as it corresponds to the accessibility and use of the service for each new health problem in addition to ensuring universality and continuity of access to qualified and resolving services, welcoming, linking and jointly responsible for the health care user.

Therefore, the importance of qualifying and recognizing future health professionals is reaffirmed in Brazil, especially those who will work in the Unified Health System (SUS) and collaborate to achieve SDG 3, thus ensuring a healthy life. and promoting well-being for all at all ages.


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About the Author

Maria LC Meurer is a 4e medical student at UNINGÁ and member of IFMSA Brazil. She is interested in human rights and medicine and her hobbies include reading and participating in extension activities at her university. Natalia Tiemi Nakahata is 6 years olde Medical student at the University Center of Ingá, Maringá-PR, Brazil. She is currently studying for residency exams and is interested in women’s health. Passionate about the simple things in life, she enjoys reading about different subjects in her spare time, helping people and watching the sunrise.

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