Sep 23, 2010

Missed Goals Noted by the New York Times

AUTHOR:EditoralSOURCE:New York Times

The New York Times acknowledged that some progress had been made in reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Particularly noted was the fact that poverty rate were decreasing sufficiently to meet the targets set. They noted that mortality rates for children under 5 and maternal mortality decreased insignificantly. It is surprising they used figures from 2005. Recent reports (September and April 2010) from UN agencies and the University of Washington have noted that maternal mortality has actually decreased by one third to approximately 350,000 per year and children under 5 deaths have decreased to 7.7 million deaths-down from 10 million (2008 figures).  Indeed, substantial progress is occurring. However to reach these goals, political will and strong leadership is also needed. Health systems must be strengthened and women must be empowered. President Obama’s Global Health Initiative is directing its resources in this area. Hopefully, these efforts will help reach these goals. Here's is the link to the NY Times editorial:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/opinion/23thu1.html?ref=editorials


Did you know?

Women in developing countries are 300 times more likely to die than those in the industrialized world.

Source:UNICEF, 2010


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