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Will Asia miss millennium goal?

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 00:45 IST
Kumkum Chadha
Kumkum Chadha
Hindustan Times
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The clock is ticking away. The deadline for meeting Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), 2015, is only seven years away.

At the millennium summit nine years ago, 189 United Nations Member states had agreed to help the world’s poor. Eight MDGs were incorporated in the framework for progress, critical being improving reproductive health.

While MDG 5 targets reducing mortality rates of children under five by two thirds, its sixth goal is to reduce maternal mortality ratio by three quarters.

The good news is that Asian countries will be able to reduce poverty by 2015. The bad is that they are likely to miss meetings targets in reducing mortality rate in less than five year olds and lowering the number of women who die due to complications arising out of pregnancy. The key to this being access to prevention of unplanned pregnancies and availability of contraceptives.

It’s in this backdrop that parliamentarians and other stake holders have come together to brainstorm at a two-day conference by the UNFPA Asia.