Bangladesh is set to achieve a United Nations award this week for reducing child mortality rate nearly by two-thirds well ahead of the stipulated time-frame, UN officials said on Sunday.
The annual Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report, released by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 June 2010 in New York, reveals that the world has made huge strides in reducing extreme poverty, tackling HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and boosting access to clean drinking water, but is still not progressive enough in critical areas including improving maternal health and reducing child mortality.
UNITED NATIONS — The global economic crisis has slowed the fight against poverty but the developing world is still on track to meet a key U.N. goal of halving the number of people living on less than $1 a day by 2015, according to a report released Wednesday.
Education is humanity’s best hope and most effective means in the quest to achieve sustainable development.
-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Worldwide, over the last decade, much progress has been made in achieving education for all: the number of children out of school has dropped by 33 million; the gap between the number of boys versus girls in school has decreased; and the adult literacy rate has increased, with the number of literate women increasing at a faster pace than men.
Fewer children are dying around the world, with deaths among children under 5 falling in almost every country, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday. Using a new method of calculating mortality that they say is more complete and accurate than previous methods, the team at the University of Washington says the number of deaths of children under 5 has plummeted from 11.9 million in 1990 to 7.7 million in 2010.
Maternal deaths have fallen worldwide, from about half a million a year in 1980 to less than 350,000 in 2008, according to new data.
Childhood deaths have declined across the world, data released on Thursday showed, but mortality is increasingly concentrated in poor countries. A study by the United Nation’s children’s fund (UNICEF) showed that thanks to better prevention methods for malaria and action to reduce mother-to-child AIDS virus transmission, some 8.8 million children under five died in 2008 compared with 12.5 million in 1990. But 99 percent of child deaths occurred in poor countries. The United Nations millennium development goal 4 (MDG 4) calls for a two-thirds reduction in the mortality rate among children under the age of five years between 1990 and 2015.