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Devex Examines Global Efforts To Achieve Health MDGs

“[W]ith 800 days to go before the 2015 deadline, the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] of reducing deaths for children under five by two-thirds and the maternal mortality ratio by three-quarters are unlikely to be met,” Devex reports. The news service “spoke to thought leaders in these sectors to determine the status of these goals and the latest strategies being employed by the development community to address the existing challenges,” it states. “The solution may lie in achieving universal access to reproductive health, another MDG,” Devex writes, noting, “Over 200 million women worldwide would like to delay or avoid pregnancy but do not have access to voluntary family planning methods, said Dr. Timothy Mastro, global health for population and nutrition manager at FHI 360.” The news service notes “that if this need were met, maternal mortality would be reduced by a third and infant mortality by 10-20 percent.” Devex examines the international aid community’s efforts and discusses the need to include these issues on the post-2015 agenda (Parmanand, 10/25).