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Friday, 25 March 2011

ACP Health Report: More problems than progress

In recent years, the progress recorded in developing countries in terms of health makes gloomy reading. There is progress here and there, but the overall results are rather worrying. In this global overview the ACP countries are generally to be found in the low-to-average range, if one is to believe the UN report prepared before the September 2010 summit on the Millennium Development Goals. In comparison with the situation in 1990, three of the goals to attain between 2000 and 2015 are health-related: among them a two-thirds reduction in mortality among children under five, a three-quarters reduction in maternal mortality, and an end to the spread of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Infant mortality has experienced a net decrease, but the goal set is still far from being achieved. The number of women dying in childbirth is a more glaring failure, with almost no decline at all. As regards the fight against the three major infectious diseases mentioned above, there have been partial successes.

Source: ACP-EU Courier

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