Greater commitment towards malaria and HIV control and measles immunisation, have reduced global child deaths from 12.5 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008, according to the United Nations Secretary Generalâ€™s Millennium Development Goals report for 2010, launched in Harare this Friday.
As the 2015 deadline to meet the Millennium Development Goals approaches, countries around the globe have made some progress in achieving the targets, including combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
According to the UN, progress has also been made globally in reducing the number of people below the poverty datum line by 400 million, between 1990 and 2005 and increasing primary school enrolment up to 88 per cent in 2007.
This information is contained in the UN Secretary Generalâ€™s MDGs report disseminated and discussed this Friday.
The report is an assessment of regional progress towards achieving the MDGs ahead of the MDG summit scheduled for New York in September 2010.
WORLD Health Organisation Country representative, Dr. Custodia Mandhlate, said despite the progress recorded in education and health there is need for stakeholders to accelerate efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
Labor and Social Service Minister, Ms Paurina Mpariwa says eradicating severe hunger and poverty is a major step towards achievement of other MDGs.Â
UN Development Programmme Resident deputy Representative, Mr. Lary Sisay, saidÂ Zimbabwe is one of the exemplary African countries in pursuing the MDGs.
â€œWe are on course to meet the goals despite the economic challenges,â€ said Mr. Sisay.
World leaders will converge for a high level plenary meeting of the General Assembly this September to review progress, identify gaps and set an agenda to achieve the MDGs.