This newly released report shows the progress that has been made and the areas where action is most needed. Following on from the 2013 IND Kit, Closing the Gap: Millennium Development Goals. 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, we draw your attention to the three health related goals:
MDG 4 – Reduce child mortality
- Since 1990, the child mortality rate has dropped by 41 per cent; 14,000 fewer children are dying each day.
- Still, 6.9 million children under age five died in 2011—mostly from preventable diseases.
- In sub-Saharan Africa, one in nine children die before age five, more than 16 times the average for developed regions.
MDG 5 – Improve maternal health
- In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two thirds.
- Only half of pregnant women in developing regions receive the recommended minimum of four antenatal care visits.
- Some 140 million women worldwide who are married or in union say they would like to delay or avoid pregnancy, but are not using contraception.
MDG 6 – Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases.
- In 2011, 230,000 fewer children under age 15 were infected with HIV than in 2001.
- Eight million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy for HIV at the end of 2011.
- In the decade since 2000, 1.1 million deaths from malaria were averted.
- Treatment for tuberculosis has saved some 20 million lives between 1995 and 2011
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