Medics worldwide: news and opportunities from the IFMSA
- By: Emily Spry
The health of the world's poor has come under the spotlight again, as a recent meeting of the United Nations considered the fate of the millennium development goals. The goals are eight targets that the world should meet by 2015. Three of the goals refer directly to health, with others inextricably linked to the factors that underlie basic health, such as relief from poverty and the education of women.
The goals came out of the millennium declaration, a statement of intent signed by the leaders of 189 countries in September 2000. As the world looked into a new millennium, many people felt that there should be acceleration in progress on poverty, education, and health. With the goals in mind, Live8 and the Make Poverty History campaign targeted citizens of the United Kingdom, the United States and the other six most industrialised nations, all together known as the G8.