Progress towards the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals in the African Region: Report of the Secretariat
AbstractEXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. Countries in the African Region have made more progress over the past 10 years but are still not on track to achieve the health and health-related MDGs despite the commitments made by governments and partners. In continuation of the previous reports that have been providing updates on the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this third report of the WHO Regional Director for Africa provides an update of the latest progress towards achieving of MDGs in the Region. Of the 47 countries, the number of countries that are on track to achieve or that have achieved each target is 16 for target 4A; four for target 5A; seven for target 5B; 34 for target 6A; 10 for target 6B; 12 for target 6C; 11 for target 1C; and 23 for target 7C. 2. In general, great strides have been made towards achieving the health-related MDGs in the Region. However, data and trends show that the progress is not sufficient to ensure full achievement by 2015. Challenges mainly arise from weaknesses of integrated country health systems, availability and management of financing, multisectoral response, and coordination. Furthermore, untimeliness and limited quality of data for monitoring and evaluation have hindered the effectiveness of follow-up. 3. At one year away from the deadline, progress is still possible and countries should improve financial mobilization and management; strengthen health systems; improve the implementation of effective interventions; and effectively address the issue of coordination. They also need to prepare for the transition which requires anticipation by proper planning, based on the current evidence available. 4. The Regional Committee is requested to take note of this progress report and adopt the actions proposed as the way forward to achieve the MDG targets.
Regional Committee for Africa, 64. (2014). Progress towards the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals in the African Region: Report of the Secretariat. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/143108
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa, Sixty-four session, Provisional agenda item 9
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