August 18, 2014 marked the 500-day milestone until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
With fewer than 500 days to the deadline of the MDGs, much remains to be done to achieve MDGs 4 and 5, aimed at reducing child and maternal deaths and improving maternal health. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, “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.” Jason Gale of Bloomberg News speaks with Dr Margaret Chan and Dr Flavia Bustreo about the need to further accelerate progress.
Millennium Development Goal 5
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set at the 2000 Millennium Summit to accelerate global progress in development. Sexual and reproductive health is a prerequisite of all goals, particularly those related to gender and health. Progress is monitored through achievement of two targets and their associated indicators for monitoring under MDG 5.