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Title: Towards Reaching the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals: Progress Report And the Way Forward
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 59
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: WHO. Regional Office for Africa
Place of publication: Brazzaville
Language: English
Abstract: In 2000, world leaders adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the millennium development goals (MDGs), setting the year 2015 as the date for reaching the targets. The MDGs constituted an unprecedented commitment by world leaders to comprehensively address peace, security, development, human rights and fundamental freedoms. 2. Three of the eight MDGs are health goals: they are Goal 4, Reduce child mortality; Goal 5, Improve maternal health; and Goal 6, Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Several other MDGs are monitored through health-related indicators; they include Goal 1, Eradicate poverty and hunger; Goal 7, Ensure environmental sustainability; and Goal 8, Develop a global partnership for development (see the table in Annex A for an updated list). 3. Significant commitments to the MDGs have been demonstrated by countries of the WHO African Region. Examples of these commitments include the Abuja Declaration of 2001 requesting countries to allocate 15% of public expenditures to the health sector; the 2005 WHO Regional Committee for Africa resolution on achieving the millennium development goals;1 and the 2008 Ouagadougou Declaration on Primary Health Care and Health Systems in Africa.2 Similar commitments have been demonstrated by development partners through the United Nations Secretary-General's MDGs Africa Initiative and the Harmonization for Health in Africa mechanism.
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Fifty-ninth Session Kigali, Republic of Rwanda, 31 August–4 September 2009, Provisional agenda item 8.1
Subject: World Health Organization
Regional Health Planning
Organization and Administration
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC59/3
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