TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

U.N. General Assembly: Time to act towards accomplishment 2015 health MDGs is now

A joint statement made at the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday laid out the work that lay ahead towards the accomplishment of the December 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

"We have 829 days to go until the December 2015 MDG deadline," the U.N. said. "Over the past 12.5 years, the world has made remarkable progress against the goals, especially the health-related MDGs. Child and maternal deaths have been almost halved from 1990 levels. Malaria deaths have dropped 50 percent, driven largely by the distribution of over 400 million mosquito nets in the past several years. Over 6 million people, of the 9 million who need TB treatment, are now on treatment. HIV, once a death sentence with virtually no one on treatment, has undergone a dramatic shift with almost 10 million people on treatment today - and if we can finish the job and put everyone on treatment, we will irreversibly halt the AIDS epidemic. These results are unmistakable proof that success is possible."

The statement, made jointly by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Population Fund, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children's Fund and the U.N. Secretary General's Special Envoy for Financing Health MDGs and for Malaria, told the international community that the time to push towards the achievement of the health MDGs is now.

"Now we must come together in one final big push to achieve the health MDGs, and lay the strongest of foundations for a post-2015 world," the U.N. said.

Although funding has been a challenge towards the accomplishment of the MDGs, an influx of funding has recently been donated towards accomplishing MDGs 4, 5 and 6. The accomplishment of the goals "will take nothing short of a moonshot to accomplish," but all involved parties are on the right path.

"Next year, even six months from now, will be too late to start accelerating our efforts," the U.N. said. "Now is the moment to build on our remarkable success and insure that we actually meet the health MDGs in the time left to achieve them."