Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Ghana and Vietnam on target to reach Millennium Development Goals

According to a British think-tank report Ghana and Vietnam have outperformed all the other countries making efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on reducing poverty and improving health.

The MDGs were set during a Millennium summit in 2000, and although many other countries have made strides in meeting targets, experts fear that with five years until the official 2015 deadline, many goals will remain unreached.

The report highlighted that Vietnam has made "unprecedented progress" in improving the lives of the poor, halving the proportion of underweight children and reducing the proportion of people living on less than one dollar a day from nearly two-thirds to one-fifth in the space of 14 years.

While, Ghana also made great strides in reducing hunger by almost three quarters from 34 per cent to nine percent between 1990 and 2004, outperforming all the other countries around the world. According to the report, Ghana is right on target for meeting Millennium goal of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.

The report also pointed out that ten other African countries including Ethiopia, Egypt and Angola had already halved their poverty levels, but highlighted great variations in HIV infection rates across Africa and uneven progress in tackling hunger and poverty across Latin America.

Source: ABS-CBN News

For more news and expert analysis about Ghana, please see Ghana Politics & Security.

For more news and expert analysis about Vietnam, please see Vietnam Focus.

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