Millennium development goals
UN launches strategy to save mothers and children
A $40bn (£26bn; €28bn) pledge supported by governments and by non-profit and private groups worldwide was launched last month in a renewed effort to save the lives of mothers and children dying needlessly across the globe.
The new campaign, named the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health,1 was announced by the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, on the closing day of a three day summit to examine the progress (box 1) of the millennium development goals (MDGs).
Ten years ago these eight targets (box 2), which include halving extreme poverty and hunger, promoting gender quality, encouraging environmental sustainability, reducing the under-5 mortality rate by two thirds (MDG 4), and reducing maternal mortality by three quarters (MDG 5), were given the full support of 189 member states. With the deadline now only five years away, the recent summit in New York was a chance to see if those signatories were