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Millennium Development Goals progress: a perspective from sub-Saharan Africa
  1. Mike English1,2,
  2. Rex English3,
  3. Atti English4
  1. 1KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  3. 3Clare College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4Pembroke College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mike English, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, P.O. Box 43640, Nairobi 00100, Kenya; menglish{at}kemri-wellcome.org

Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa is a highly diverse geo-political region. Any brief discussion of the progress made over the last 15 years towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will therefore not do justice to the true complexity of context and events. Our focus will be MDG4—to reduce child mortality by 66% from 1990 levels. We will touch briefly on MDG1, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, MDG2, to achieve universal primary education, and MDG5, to improve maternal health, which are inextricably linked with child well-being. We will also draw on an eclectic mix of additional global indicators. Acknowledging the limitations of this approach, we first offer a summary of expected progress and then point to debates on future goals.

  • Tropical Paediatrics
  • Comm Child Health
  • Epidemiology
  • General Paediatrics

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