Where does this issue fit into the Millennium Goals?
There are three Millennium Goals specifically relating to the topic of health. Health is also an important contributor to several other goals. The significance of the Millennium Development Goals lies in the linkages between them: they are a mutually reinforcing framework to improve overall human development.
- Goal 4: Reduce child mortality – This goal is to reduce the 1990 under-five mortality rate by two-thirds.
- Goal 5: Improve maternal health – The aim of this goal is to reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
- Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases – The aim is to halt and then begin to reverse the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases by 2015.
How does this issue affect people?
Good health is something that every single human wishes for, regardless of location or circumstances.
It’s not hard to understand how ill-health affects people – a simple dose of the flu can keep us all away from work, family and friends. With access to decent health care in first world nations however, something like flu is usually considered not much more than an inconvenience.
In underdeveloped communities, even simple health issues are amplified due to the lack of local resources to fight disease and lower education levels that would help promote better health practices.
Information on this page was researched and collated with the help of Oxfam Australia, WHO, WHO’s Roll Back Malaria program, the United Nations Website.
“Improvements in health are essential if progress is to be made with the other Millennium Development Goals.”
Dr LEE Jong-wook – Director-General, World Health Organisation
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Raised from 6,868 people
This project will train Village Health Workers in remote locations on using a new mobile phone/SMS tool to assist them in planning and delivery of community health education activities, and the ordering and supply of basic, essential medicines for communities.
Raised from 73 people
Improve the delivery of and access to childhood blindness services at the Dhaka National Institute of Ophthalmology and Jamalpur District Hospital including 400 sight-saving surgeries and 3,000 pairs of children's spectacles.
Raised from 11,226 people
The Fred Hollows “Sprinkles” program addresses the serious issue of early childhood anaemia by providing an easy to use dietary supplement that will significantly improve the health outcomes of Indigenous children.
Raised from 19,255 people
Training courses for health workers to improve health care access and enforce legal protections, supply educational materials and support hospital based services for people living with HIV/Aids in 8 hospitals in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoah districts.
Raised from 21,479 people
This project will provide funding for basic eye care services in rural and remote areas of Nepal, including day to day services and an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic (OMEC) where hundreds of patients will have access to screening and surgical procedures.
Raised from 11,240 people
This project will fund an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Camp where patients living in remote areas of Sindhu district, Nepal will have access to screening and surgical procedures, plus support for the Sindhu Community Eye Centre.
Raised from 10,062 people
Running educational workshops & mentoring for indigenous kids 12-19 years to improve self esteem and increase long term positive health outcomes in Kunnunurra, East Kimberly region.
Raised from 11,700 people
Medical supplies including antibiotics, antibacterials, respiratory, diarrhoea and pain relief drugs + vitamins for 1000 people in Hang Kia and Bao La villages
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Developing sustainable local capacity to strengthen blindness prevention work in the Eastern Cape of South Africa by training 12 ophthalmic nurses, 30 professional nurses and 210 community health workers
Raised from 13,815 people
Eye and dental check-ups for 30 orphans at The Destitute Children’s Home (Pokhara, Nepal) plus purchase of a first-aid kit.
Raised from 194 people
Revisiting the two communities of stone-breakers from 2006 in Siliguri, the project will deliver basic first aid for one week and then purchase the communities a 12 month supply of basic medicines.
Raised from 409 people
Setting up an eye care unit to train local doctors, providing examination and surgical equipment and subsidising 100 cataract surgeries in Tien Phuoc mountainous district.
Raised from 3,072 people
Delivering basic medicines to two Orphanages in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
Raised from 1 people
Restore sight to 100 people who are needlessly blind in Cambodia, most of whom suffer from cataracts which can be easily cured.
Raised from 2,456 people
Delivering basic medicines to three Orphanages in Kyrgyzstan.
Raised from 1 people
Supplying basic, essential medicines to 3 communities of child stone-breakers in Siliguri, India.
Raised from 2 people