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Millennium Development Goals

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A set of eight goals adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000 to alleviate conditions for more than a billion people in the world who were living in extreme poverty. Several of these goals have implications for public health, and four have explicit health targets: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 4. Reduce child mortality and achieve a two-thirds reduction in mortality in those younger than 5 years, by 2015; 5. Improve maternal health and reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality ratio, by 2015; 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other lethal diseases, including halting and reversing incidence and death rates from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other lethal diseases, including tuberculosis. See http://www.developmentgoals.org for a full account and discussion of the millennium development goals.

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