500 day milestone: Millennium Development Goals


August 18th 2014 marks 500 days until the target date of the United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight goals which UN Member States agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is devoted to accelerating progress towards achieving MDGs 4 and 5; to reduce child and newborn mortality (MDG 4) and to improve maternal health (MDG 5).

While some countries have made impressive gains in achieving health-related targets, many others are falling behind. Despite, for example, a significant reduction in the number of maternal deaths – from an estimated 523 000 in 1990 to 289 000 in 2013 – the rate of decline is less than half of what is required to achieve the MDG target of a three quarters reduction in the mortality ratio between 1990 and 2015. The World Health Organization’s Director General Margaret Chan has said that “we should judge the progress in humanity and the progress of any society or country by the way they treat their women and children. They have been lagging behind in the last 20 to 30 years of development. We should give them special attention.”

The 18th August acts as an important milestone to gather support and uphold momentum in reminding the world of the crucial importance of improving the health of women and children. PMNCH is delighted to share a new infographic which summarises the key highlights of the PMNCH Partners’ Forum. Bringing together 1200 partners from 60 countries, the PMNCH Partners’ Forum renewed commitment to working together in achieving the improvement of health of women and children. The infographic recapitulates the energy gathered by the event, and encourages the advocacy for women’s and children’s health, both for action now, and also for the future – beyond the MDGs’ delivery date in 2015.