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Save the Children Releases Report on Post-2015 Framework for Ending Poverty

Ending Poverty in Our GenerationAs we all know the Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015. While much progress has been made globally over the past twenty years to eradicate poverty and to meet each of the individual goals there is still much to do. With the MDGs on their way out, Save the Children has devised a framework for post-2015 work to end global poverty and spur human development.

Save the Children’s Chief Executive Justin Forsyth said:

“An historic achievement is within reach. By committing to these ambitious but achievable new targets, we really can become the generation that ends extreme poverty forever.

“For the first time, it is feasible to imagine that in the next two decades no child will die from preventable causes, no child will go to bed hungry and every child will go to school.”

In Ending Poverty In Our Generation,  Save the Children says global poverty can end in 20 years through new goals it lays out for post-2015 global development action. Save the Children notes that the following goals are not meant to be definitive. Rather, they are a starting place to continue the poverty eradication conversation. A high level panel, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will meet in Monrovia, Liberia between 29th January and 1st February 2013 to discuss the direction of post-2015 global development.

Goal 1: By 2030 we will eradicate extreme poverty and reduce relative poverty through
inclusive growth and decent work

Goal 2: By 2030 we will eradicate hunger, halve stunting, and ensure universal access to
sustainable food, water and sanitation

Goal 3: By 2030 we will end preventable child and maternal mortality and provide
healthcare for all

Goal 4: By 2030 we will ensure all children receive a good-quality education and have
good learning outcomes

Goal 5: By 2030 we will ensure all children live a life free from all forms of violence,
are protected in conflict and thrive in a safe family environment

Goal 6: By 2030 governance will be more open, accountable and inclusive

Goal 7: By 2030 we will have robust global partnerships for more and effective use of
financial resources

Goal 8: By 2030 we will build disaster-resilient societies

Goal 9: By 2030 we will have a sustainable, healthy and resilient environment for all

Goal 10: By 2030 we will deliver sustainable energy to all

UNICEF, one of Save the Children’s key partners, said they welcome the new goals and framework set forth in the report saying:

“UNICEF looks forward to continuing to work closely with Save the Children and other key partners for children’s rights, as the debate intensifies on how best to safeguard, extend and sustain human progress in the post-2015 international framework.”

Download Ending Poverty in Our Generation: Save the Children’s Vision for a Post-2015 Framework.

Photo: Children in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Copyright: Jennifer James

New Partner: Maternity Worldwide

As maternal health is one of our core areas of concentration we are thrilled and excited to partner with Maternity Worldwide, an organization that works in partnership with local communities to increase access to high quality maternal health care.

Maternity Worldwide’s current programs are mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa where need is the greatest. Here the lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy or childbirth is I in 39 compared with 1 in 3800 in developed countries like the UK and US.

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Child Mortality Rates Fall in Sub-Saharan Africa

If you keep up with MDG (Millennium Development Goals) news it would seem unfathomable that a report would emerge from Sub-Saharan African that infant and child mortality has fallen within recent years.

The Millennium Development Goal 4 says that child mortality should be reduced by 2/3 in the developing world  by 2015, which comes to 4.4% per year per country. In a previous post I wrote that the World Bank and IMF reported during their spring meetings a few weeks ago that child mortality would not reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goal because only 1/3 of child deaths have been decreased thus far. That, however, does not mean progress is not being made.

According to the Africa Can…End Poverty blog from the World Bank statistics show that 20 Sub-Saharan countries have witnessed a significant decrease in child mortality for children under the age of five particularly in Senegal, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.

Gabriel Demombynes and Ritva Reinikka note that these mortality decreases are likely due to the wide use of insecticide-treated bed nets and improved sanitation.

This is great news for the global health community as progress is certainly being made.