Last chance for the world to live up to its promises?: why decisive action is needed now on child health and the MDGs

Last chance for the world to live up to its promises?: why decisive action is needed now on child health and the MDGs

Will children's health benefit from the MDGs?

This short briefing paper considers child health in the context of the three health-focused MDGs, identifies concrete steps needed in the coming months to put the MDGs back on track, and summarises World Vision’s own efforts to contribute to their achievement.

The document concludes that with seven years to go before the 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals, the world remains seriously off-track on some of the goals – notably those concerning children’s health: MDGs 4, 5 and 6.  Without urgent action to get the MDGs back on track in the coming months, starting at the 2008 UN High-Level Event, world leaders have little chance of meeting their commitments to ending poverty and will have missed an historic opportunity to shape the course of this generation.

Recommendations include:

  • donors should support strategies that ensure that cost is not a barrier to women and children accessing essential health services by 2011
  • Multilateral organisations should provide a detailed annual report and organise an annual high-level meeting on maternal, newborn and child health progress in all high-mortality countries from 2009
  • private sector companies should work with the health sector to develop and implement
    sponsorship programmes for the training of health workers
  • civil society organisations should actively support the communities within which they work to access relevant health services and to hold governments accountable for the quality of these services.


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