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The Millennium Development Goals

Introduction

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set targets to:

MDG 1 Eradicate Extreme Hunger MDG 2 Achieve Universal Primary Education MDG 3 Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Hunger MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG 4 Reduce Child Mortality MDG 5 Improve Maternal Health MDG 6 Combat HIV AIDS Malaria and Other Diseases
MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health MDG 6: Combat HIV AIDS Malaria and Other Diseases
MDG 7 Ensure Environmental Sustainability MDG 8 Develop a Global Partnership for Development  
MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability MDG 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development  

To achieve these goals, poorer countries pledged to improve policies and governance and increase accountability to their own citizens; wealthy countries pledged to provide the resources.

The MDGs are not just statements of intent – they are achievable. This is clear from the statistics in low-income countries, one out of every 10 children dies before the age of five, whereas in wealthier nations, this number is only one out of 143. And the lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth is one in 22 in Africa, one in 120 in Asia, and one in 3,800 for a fifteen year old girl in developed countries.

How we work

Through a programme of participatory women’s groups, Women and Children First and our partners, are enabling women to get access to skilled care in pregnancy and childbirth, and to learn how to care for their babies and older children. This low-cost programme is demonstrating that it is possible to make rapid, significant progress in reducing the number of deaths and improving the health of mothers and children, helping to achieve the targets of MDG 4, to reduce child mortality, and MDG5 to improve maternal health.

Millennium Development Goal 4

Reduce Child Mortality
Target: Reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the mortality rate of children under five

Indicators:

  • Under-five mortality rate
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Proportion of one year-old children immunised against measles

For information on progress, read the Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival

Millennium Development Goal 5

Improve maternal health

Targets:

  1. Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio
  2. Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health

Indicators

  • Maternal mortality ratio
  • Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

For information on progress, read Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival

How you can make a difference

We need your help to raise both awareness and funds to enable us to continue our vital work. There are a lot of ways you can make a difference:

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  • £5 can pay for one woman to attend a women's group for a year
  • £50 can pay for a women's group facilitator for a year
  • £100 can save a mother's life in Nepal
  • £210 can save a newborn's life in rural Bangladesh
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