Healthy Lives for All

The health and well-being of people at all ages lies at the heart of sustainable development. In particular, healthy ageing is fundamental to the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC) , implicit in Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda. However, without considering the health and social care needs of the ever-increasing numbers of older people, UHC will be impossible to achieve. The provision of complementary and integrative health approaches may have a positive impact on the health status of the ageing population. These include immunonutrition, which refers to the potential to modulate the activity of the immune system by interventions with specific nutrients. However, this provision requires attention to developing robust, integrated systems of health and long-term care seeking to maximize function and well-being in older age. Optimizing opportunities for good health at all stages of life will ensure that older people can maintain independence and increase their social and economic participation in society, while reducing healthcare costs. In line with the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ARCHES is devoting many research efforts to fostering good health and well-being at all stages of life. In this programme, our centre is supporting the achievement of specific targets of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.

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