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2010 in review: key health issues

Mother and new born child, Badakshan province, Afghanistan
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Progress in health-related Millennium Development Goals

WHO's World health statistics 2010 and Trends in maternal mortality, highlighted progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Since 1990:

  • deaths of young children have decreased by one third;
  • the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34%.

But such gains are precarious and the world needs strong leadership to consolidate successes and meet the goals by the 2015 deadline.

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