Media Release: Most of world will fail to meet goals for women’s and children’s health by 2015 amid declining donor funding
iERG on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health
26 September 2012
The first report of the UN Secretary-General’s independent Expert Review Group (iERG)* on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, to be launched on September 26 at the UN General Assembly, concludes that although headline reductions in maternal and child mortality during the past decade have been impressive in some countries, millions of women and children still die every year from preventable causes. Unless those causes are more urgently addressed globally and in countries, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 will not be met by most nations by the target year of 2015. What is more, declining rates of donor funding and a failure to target resources to the countries with the greatest need could have devastating consequences for the survival of millions of women and children worldwide.