Have you heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The Global Goals are a shared framework for NGOs, governments and the international community as a whole for eliminating worldwide poverty by the year 2020.
As an organization holding consultative status with the UN, International Samaritan shares in the vision of the SDGs and aims towards them while working to improve the lives of individuals living and working in garbage dump communities, suffering from a strain of poverty which the UN has labeled as chronic and severe.
In 2017, I.S. will highlight how our programs fit within the framework of the SDGs. For example, through our medical missions and in-country health programs, we work to end disease, decrease preventable death and provide dignified housing that improves health outcomes and creates opportunity for gains in physical and mental health for garbage dump workers and their families. In this way, we further the aims of Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.
(Left) I.S.’s Richard Flasck Medical Center in San Pedro Sula, Honduras has seen over 85,000 patients next to the El Ocotillo Garbage Dump since it opened in 2009.
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