MDGs in Action
- Goal 1: Bangladesh: Women emerge from poverty
- Goal 2: UNDP: Strengthening education in Bangladesh
- Goal 3: India: Transforming poor rural women into successful business managers
- Goal 4: In Ethiopia, the expansion of rural health services is key to reducing child mortality. UNICEF reports on Ethiopia's health extension worker programme, which is reducing child deaths.
- Goal 4: In Indonesia, community-based approaches tackle deadly childhood diseases UNICEF correspondent Anja Baron reports on community-based efforts to fight poor child health in Indonesia.
- Goal 5: Eritrea is one of the four African countries said to be on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5 on Maternal Health, which calls for countries to reduce their maternal mortality rate by three quarters by 2015. For Eritrea, this will mean attaining a rate of less than 350 deaths per 100,000 births. This drastic positive change has come about through the concerted programmes and persistent efforts of the Government of the State of Eritrea, in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and UNDP. Read more from the UNDP blog
- Goal 6: Expanded prevention and control triggers 25 per cent drop in malaria deaths
- Goal 6: Tuberculosis Care for Rural Swaziland. Tuberculosis is currently the main cause of death among adults in Swaziland. In remote regions where access to health services is a challenge, efforts are underway to bring the much needed medication directly into the patients’ home.
- Goal 6: In Ethiopia, more HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus through a programme that's putting an end to mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
- Goal 7: Sanitation one toilet at a time:
The Sanitation for All Drive to 2015 has highlight projects ranging from Cambodia, where members of one community took steps to improve sanitation throughout their village, to Mozambique, where hundreds of communities declared themselves open defecation free.
Community-led total sanitation continues to be one of the most effective ways of eliminating open defecation and accelerating the use of improved sanitation facilities. A lack of toilets remains one of the leading causes of illnesses killing an estimated 2 million children each year.
Over the last five years, UNICEF-supported projects in 50 countries have led to more than 39,000 communities, with a total population of over 24 million people, being declared free of open defecation. In India, where a total sanitation approach is being applied on a large scale, the MDG target for sanitation will likely be met and exceeded.