The SDG Leadership Forum for Goal 3 was a global, online, text-based discussion hosted live by Johnson & Johnson and GlobeScan on this site on Wednesday, March 28th.

We were joined by a diverse range of stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector. Together, we explored how to build capacity among frontline workers, exploring tactics to grow and support frontline healthcare workers – particularly women, who make up three-quarters of the healthcare workforce in low and middle income countries and who face unique challenges in the healthcare workplace.

The topics covered in our discussions are outlined below. To access the discussions, please log in and then head to the Sessions page.

Discussion Topics

Johnson & Johnson worked with GlobeScan to understand how best to accelerate progress on SDG #3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

As stated by the UN: “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.”

Johnson & Johnson and its partners posit that health and well-being are impossible without skilled healthcare practitioners – this is particularly acute in developing countries where the burdens of disease are greatest and where staffing shortages are common. The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth estimates that there will be an 18 Million shortage of healthcare workers by 2030 without immediate and strategic investment.

Capacity Building and Empowering Women in the Healthcare Workforce



• The first part of the conversation focused on Capacity building for frontline healthcare workers, exploring tactics and best practice solutions to grow, train and support frontline healthcare workers globally.

• The second part of the conversation focused on Empowering women in the healthcare workforce, exploring solutions to some of the barriers faced by female healthcare workers and what investments can have the most benefit to health systems overall.