Namibia reports progress in achieving anti-poverty goals

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Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Namibia has made significant progress in achieving the anti-poverty goals set by world leaders in the year x2000, according to the country's president.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba was speaking at the UN General Assembly on Friday as the high-level debate of global leaders continued.

The Namibian leader said that the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has brought about many positive results in the south west African country.

"The percentage of our people living in extreme poverty has been reduced by more than half. Primary school enrolment, has reached 100 percent. Health care delivery has reached many communities, where there was none. The rates of new HIV infection, cases have stabilized. Coverage of ARV treatment has reached 85 per cent and PMTCT now stands at 90 per cent." (33")

PMTCT is prevention of mother-to-child transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.

President Pohamba said Namibia is also moving closer to eliminating malaria as a public health threat, while the provision of clean drinking water and sanitation has also been expanded.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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