Mixed success on world health targets, says WHO

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Too many women still face unacceptable risks in childbirth, the WHO report says. Photo: UN Photo/G Diez

Boosting global health is a key goal for the international community and there have been massive achievements since 2000 – along with some mixed results – according to UN health experts.

In the latest World Health Organization

report on global health in 194 countries, the agency says they're on course to beat HIV, malaria and tuberculosis as part of agreed UN Millennium Development Goals

However, despite "great advances" in reducing child mortality worldwide, the number of women dying in childbirth remains "unacceptable" in many countries, WHO says.

Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

Twenty-fifteen is the deadline for the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which include key health improvements for 194 countries.

A new report by World Health Organization shows "incredible" progress in reducing deaths caused by HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.

Life-expectancy is also up to 71 years – up by six years since 1990 – according to WHO, and even better, it's something that's happening in rich and poor countries.

Here's WHO's Dr Ties Boerna: "It's been incredible progress over the past 25 years, particularly in the fight against the epidemics of HIV, TB and malaria, also increases in safe drinking water…overall a lot of progress, but I think it's crystal clear to everybody that there's a huge agenda that still needs to be addressed."

Dr Boerna said it was "unacceptable" that targets had not been reached to prevent women to dying in childbirth, even though the mortality rate has almost halved in the last 25 years.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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