The Eight Millennium Development Goals

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There have been many achievements in improving access to health care, however much more still needs to be done in terms of quality of care, making services available to all Pakistanis and ensuring better health outcomes. The government and other stakeholders do aim to reduce inequalities in our health system, improve quality of care and public facilities, and boost our human resources but there have been various challenges towards the achievement of targets.
In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. This pledge turned into the eight Millennium Development Goals. With only 16 months remaining by December 2015, efforts for the achievement of the MDGs have become increasingly important.
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The reasons for missing most of the indicators include internal and external economic and non-economic challenges, including natural disasters, conflicts; institutional, administrative and political changes, weak commitments to economic reforms, lack of awareness, lack of collaboration among development partners and government, fading commitments by the development partners due to global recession of 2008 and belated ownership of MDG agenda at the sub-national level. The impact of above challenges reflected in slow progress and hence non-achievement of many of the indicators. A significant portion of the MDGs is focused on health issues; despite the gains, Pakistan is largely off-track on most of the key health indicators and hence it is very unlikely to attain the MDGs by 2015 . The assertions made above are evidenced by the following table where a comparison of progress of key health indicators, against MDG 4, between 2010 and 2013 has been…show more content…
Pakistan already has started reforming its education system with global collaboration that is reflected in Punjab and gradually will work for the rest of the country. However, a large number of children remain out of school and are deprived of a quality education. In 2012, Pakistan has the second largest number of children out-of-school (more than 12 million children). Pakistan maintained a low level of spending, allocating around 1.9% of GDP on education . As a result, the country made slower progress and is unlikely to achieve its goal of providing primary education to all of its citizens by 2015. It is clear that gender discrimination is still pervasive in Pakistan. Half of the adult population and nearly two thirds of women can’t read or write and the population continues to grow rapidly. Reports also demonstrate low completion rates at primary level, particularly for girls. A telling statistic is that male children attend an average of 3.8 years of school while female children attend merely 1.3 years. In order to meet these challenges government of Pakistan need to revise the education budget and invest as much as on improvement in education

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