Heartbeat 1.1, a meaningful Global Volunteer project organized by AIESEC in University of Moratuwa, brought together with the Exchange Participants Abdelrahman from Jordan and Kawther from Egypt for the impact of Sustainable Development Goal 3 to increase public consciousness regarding the prevention of non-communicable illnesses and the significance of mental well-being, ultimately to promote a healthier society.

A volunteer of Project Heartbeat helping a small child

Their arrival marked the beginning of their collaboration with The Opportunity Provider, “ADIC” Sri Lanka (Alcohol and Drug Information Centre). In this partnership, impactful awareness sessions and workshops on drug prevention were conducted at ADIC, aimed at promoting a healthier and drug-free society. The exchange participants also extended their efforts, hosting a valuable session called “Good Health Session” for undergraduates at the University of Moratuwa. This session emphasized the importance of good health and the prevention of drug abuse, coupled with a lively exercise session that left the participants both educated and interested.

As a final act of care, the Organizing Committee facilitated an Eye Check-Up event called “Visionquest” in collaboration with Vasan Eye Care Hospital, ensuring the well-being of the University community. Heartbeat 1.1 proved by act of meaningful impact on SDG 3, significantly improving awareness and preventative measures concerning non-communicable diseases and mental health.


A set of spectacles at the Eye checkup organized by Heartbeat Organizing Commitee




Why SDG 3 contribute for a healthier society?

SDG by United Nations is a global agenda consisting of 17 goals aimed at addressing pressing challenges and promoting sustainable development for a better and more equitable world while SDG 3 is dedicated to “Good Health and Well-being.” It seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

Despite moderate improvements in SDG 3, major challenges remain as highlighted by the Sustainable Development Report, necessitating further efforts to ensure that the goal’s targets are adequately met in the Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, over 80% of fatalities are attributed to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Additionally, more than 25% of the population is overweight, and one in four adults engage in tobacco consumption.

According to the Sustainable Development Council of Sri Lanka, the nation’s alcohol consumption stands at 3.56 Litres of pure alcohol per person per year for individuals aged 15 years and above, as of 2020. Concurrently, the coverage of treatment interventions, encompassing pharmacological, psychosocial, rehabilitation, and aftercare services, for substance use disorders remains at 2.4% in the country.

These statistics underscore the importance of addressing substance abuse and promoting effective treatment strategies to enhance the well-being and overall health of the population. Encouraging responsible alcohol consumption and expanding accessibility to comprehensive treatment interventions will be crucial steps towards achieving a healthier and more sustainable future for Sri Lanka.

As we aim to tackle these pressing health issues, our efforts align with the broader objectives of SDG 3.4 by “Good Health Session” and 3.5 by “Visionquest”. Heartbeat 1.1 illustrates the power of youth-led initiatives in fostering positive change and progress towards SDG 3. Through their collective efforts and engagement, the event successfully improved awareness on health and well-being, actively contributing to the global mission of creating a healthier and more sustainable future for all.


by Vasuli Perera,

Content Writer – Digital Experience Team,

AIESEC in University of Moratuwa.


Tags: , , , , , Last modified: