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Sub-Saharan Africa is a highly diverse geo-political region. Any brief discussion of the progress made over the last 15 years towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will therefore not do justice to the true complexity of context and events. Our focus will be MDG4-to reduce child mortality by 66% from 1990 levels. We will touch briefly on MDG1, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, MDG2, to achieve universal primary education, and MDG5, to improve maternal health, which are inextricably linked with child well-being. We will also draw on an eclectic mix of additional global indicators. Acknowledging the limitations of this approach, we first offer a summary of expected progress and then point to debates on future goals.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/archdischild-2013-305747

Type

Journal article

Journal

Arch Dis Child

Publication Date

02/2015

Volume

100 Suppl 1

Pages

S57 - S58

Keywords

Comm Child Health, Epidemiology, General Paediatrics, Tropical Paediatrics, Africa South of the Sahara, Child, Child Mortality, Child, Preschool, Delivery of Health Care, Developing Countries, Goals, Health Promotion, Humans, Maternal Welfare, Poverty