MEASURING REGIONAL PROGRESS TOWARDS SDG 3 WITH GEOSPATIAL AND STATISTICAL INFORMATION – A CASE STUDY OF DEQING COUNTY
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were proposed in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations in 2015, in which SDG 3 is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages. The assessment on SDG 3 helps to measure or monitor the level of sustainable and healthy development of nation or sub-nation regions. However, the SDG 3 is mainly aimed at the global or national levels, and lack of quantitative assessment and analysis. Therefore, this paper, taking Deqing County of Zhejiang Province in China as an example, presents a pilot study which measured county-level SDG 3 by using statistical information and geospatial information. There are three main steps: Firstly, a set of localized indicators for SDG 3 was built according to adaptability, scalability, and coverage, combined with the specific conditions of Deqing County. Secondly, the selected indicators were calculated by combining integration of statistical and geospatial information. Thirdly, an assessment based on dashboard was processed. The results showed that 12 of the 15 health-related indicators in Deqing County were evaluated as green, 1 was yellow, and 2 were gray. The morbidity rate and mortality rate of infectious diseases in 2010–2017 are low and essential health-care services are equally covered in space. This study provides scientific basis for the management of healthy and sustainable development in Deqing County, and provides a reference example for monitoring and evaluation of SDG 3 in other regions.