Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Goodbye MDGs

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Goodbye MDGs

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Improvements in human health have been mixed during the 25 years since 1990, the baseline for measuring the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to an analysis in World health statistics 2015 released last month.

In September, countries are due to gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to decide on new global development goals that will replace the MDGs, which end this year.

"The MDGs have been good for public health. They have focused political attention and generated badly needed funds for many important public health challenges," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.

"While progress has been very encouraging, there are still wide gaps between and within countries," she said.

Progress has been made in making water safer to drink, the analysis shows. The global target to halve the proportion of people without access to improved drinking-water sources in 2010 has been met, but countries in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions are lagging behind. …

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