Thursday, May 21, 2009

Progress in global health

The biggest global health project in the history of of global health, the Millennium Development Goals, just released its first interim report on the health achievements. The results are mixed. While child mortality has come down nicely, there's still large strides to make in drug availability, adolescent pregnancy rates, newborn/maternal mortality and especially in the distribution of many of the interventions, since the poorest of the poor still seem to be left out of much of the advancements made. There's been a lot of focus upon maternal mortality, and to see no significant improvement in the 20 years (1990 is the baseline year) is disheartening.

More info is here:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2009/millennium_development_goals_20090521/en/index.html

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