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Table 1 Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, 2014

From: Health in the sustainable development goals: ready for a paradigm shift?

Millennium development goal Targets Progress on specific indicators
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality Reduce by two thirds between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate Under 5 mortality decreased by 47% to date (in 2012, 6.6 million children under 5 died; majority of deaths occur in world’s poorest regions).
Neonatal mortality has fallen by a third, but proportion of deaths in first 28 days of life has increased.
Proportion of children covered by one dose of measles vaccine increased from 72% to 84% (from 2000–2009); no change past few years. Globally 21.2million infants unvaccinated in 2012.
Goal 5: Improve maternal health Reduce by three quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio Maternal mortality ratio fell by 45% between 1990 (380 deaths per 100,000 live births) and 2012 (210 deaths per 100,000 LB). Proportion of deliveries attended by skilled health workers increased from 56% to 68% in developing countries.
Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health 83% of women in developing countries who see a health worker once in pregnancy increased to 83%, but only 52% have the 4 recommended visits.
  Births to adolescent girls have declined – e.g. from 88 to 50 births per 1000 girls in South Asia, but still 117 births per 1000 girls in sub-Saharan Africa, and 76 in Latin America/Caribbean.
Unmet need for family planning declined from 17-12%.
Goal 6*: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS Number of new HIV infections (adults) declined 38% between 2001 and 2013.
Achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it In sub-Saharan Africa, 39% young men and 28% young women (aged 15–24 years) have comprehensive knowledge of HIV.
12.9 million people globally received anti-retrovirals in 2013.
Have halted by 2015 and begun to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases Malaria mortality declined 42% between 2000 and 2012.
87% of 6.1 million newly diagnosed TB patients received therapy.
  1. Data from United Nations Millennium Development Goals Report, 2014. Available at:
  2. *HIV data from UNAIDS Global Gap Report