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The Millennium Development Goals for Health Rising to the Challenges

By Claeson, Mariam

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Title: The Millennium Development Goals for Health Rising to the Challenges  
Author: Claeson, Mariam
Language: English
Subject: Economics, Finance & business, World Bank.
Collections: Economics Publications Collection
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Publisher: The World Bank


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At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2001, 147 heads of state endorsed the Millennium Development Goals, half of which concern different aspects of health?directly or indirectly. This report assesses progress to date toward these goals and analyzes prospects for the future.The report argues that faster progress can be made with existing health interventions. It argues that extra government health spending is not enough, and that policies and institutions within and beyond the health sector need to be strengthened if faster progress toward the health millennium development goals is to be made.On these and other issues the report reaches clear-cut conclusions. These are summarized below. Progress toward the Millennium Development Goals for health has been mixed. -- Some good news: nearly 80 percent of the world?s people live in a country that is on track to hit the malnutrition target. In the 1990s, 38 percent of countries accelerated the rate of decline for under-five mortality despite HIV/AIDS.And in two regions?East Asia and Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa?maternal mortality appears to have fallen swiftly in the 1990s. -- But plenty of bad news, too. On under-five mortality, progress has been much too slow?and has been getting even slower. Sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind badly across all the Millennium Development Goals for health but especially on under-five mortality, for which no Sub-Saharan country is on track to hit the target.All regions face challenges on at least some Millennium Development Goals, including regions with many middle-income countries.Overall, however, the poorest countries are progressing the slowest. And at least for under-five mortality, poor communities within countries are progressing the slowest.


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