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A call to action to galvanize momentum around maternal, child health in India


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The last decade has witnessed one of the most sincere, dedicated and coordinated efforts toward addressing global development and healthcare challenges. National and international policymakers, development partners and researchers have come together to work toward a common vision of a better and healthier world.

In September 2000, building upon a decade of dialogue, world leaders unanimously adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration. In doing so, they committed to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and laid out a series of time-bound targets with a deadline of 2015 that have come to be known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

These eight goals formed a blueprint that brought together the world’s countries and leading development institutions and galvanized efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest populations.

In the years that followed, the world has witnessed great successes in many areas. Globally, extreme poverty has declined by half from 1990 to 2010, and there is now nearly universal enrolment in primary education.

Weighing the Obama-Romney calculus


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Much is at stake in the United States presidential elections this year, perhaps more in terms of policy than in the past few election cycles. The presidency of Barack Obama has been fraught with battles in a deeply divided Congress, leading to paralyses on some major agenda such as government debt, and significant compromises on others such as healthcare reform.

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