Table 1

A summary of progress made by sub-Saharan African countries towards Millennium Development Goals 1, 2, 4 and 5 (data drawn from references 1–3)

GoalProgress indicatorCountries meeting indicator target*
MDG495–100% progress towards target8/43
50–95% progress towards target19/43
<50% progress towards target16/43
MDG1No progress in last decade8/26
MDG2<50% progress towards target5/43
MDG5<50% progress towards target18/43
Aggregated: MDG1, MDG2, MDG4 and MDG5Insufficient progress in 3 or 4 of these goals23/25
Likely to achieve all 4 MDG goals0/25
  • *The denominator reflects the number of countries for which data were available, the numerator the number of countries achieving the indicator standard.

  • MDG, Millennium Development Goal.