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2015 Ghana MDG report: Maternal Mortality Targets Unachievable

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Ghana loses 144 mothers to every 100,000 live births at its health facilities, a short of the global target of 54 per 100,000 live births, the 2015 Ghana Millennium Development Goals reports.

The new collaborative report by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) captures Ghana’s progress towards attainment of the MDGs as of 2014.

The report  further highlights (on Health targets) the following that;

  • In spite of a considerable gains made in child health since 1990, the targets for infant and under-5 mortality are unlikely to be met and signal the need for accelerated progress, the report added.
  • The under-5 mortality rate improved from 122 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 82 per 1,000 live
    births in 2012 but this was well short of the MDG target of 40 per 1,000 live births.
  • Infant mortality fell marginally from 57 to 53 per 1,000 live births between 1994 and 2012 but was
    short of the target of 22 deaths per 1,000 live births.

 

Ghana MDG report 2015

 

With regards to Goal 6: To Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases;

  • Ghana’s  HIV and AIDS prevalence has fallen from 3.6 percent in 2007 to 1.3 percent by 2013 but regional disparities persist.
  • Expanded access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) has contributed greatly to fewer HIV and AIDSrelated
    deaths and mother-to-child transmission.
  • Malaria remains a public health concern as the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in Ghana,
    especially among children under 5 years and pregnant women. It is a leading cause of poverty and
    low productivity, accounting for about 32.5 percent of all outpatient attendance and 48.8 percent
    of under-5 admissions

 

 

At the global level, progress towards the eight MDGs is measured on the basis of 21 targets and 60 official indicators. Ghana, however, looks at a more nationally relevant set of 17 targets and 36 indicators.

 

 

Ghana committed to the tenets of the MDGs in September 2001 and, to ensure full implementation, went on to mainstream them in its key public policy and strategy documents.

 

 

In addition, the special MDG reports have been prepared on a biennial basis to examine trends and to assess the supporting environment and resource needs for the achievement of the goals.

Download the 2015 MDGs  Ghana report here: 2015 Ghana MDGs Report  

About the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) emanated from the Millennium Declaration adopted by world leaders at the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. The Declaration captured the aspirations of the international community, united by common values and striving with renewed determination to achieve peace and a decent standard of living for every man, woman and child.

The MDGs sought to address some of the most critical development challenges at the turn of the millennium. In particular, they served to put poverty and other development priorities on the global agenda in a manner that was easy to understand and to track. The MDGs were endorsed by the 189 member states, including Ghana, at the UN General Assembly in September 2001.

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