Health For All

Health For All

Magetsi Nyankalidzi and daughter Mavudo in Malawi

More from this series

  • Part One
    In programme one Uduak Amimo travels to Nigeria to investigate infant mortality.
  • Part Two
    In programme two Uduak Amimo looks at the campaign for better maternal health.

Uduak Amimo asks if the world has the will, people and money to deliver basic good health for all.

She explores why the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are not likely to lead to an improvement in the health of the world's poorest people.

Four of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals are directly about health. Their target is to improve maternal health, reduce child deaths by two-thirds, halt the spread of killer diseases such as AIDS, TB and malaria, and provide clean water within the next seven years.

However, these goals, designed to improve standards of health across the globe, seem unlikely to be met by 2015.

In some places, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, conditions have got worse in the past 10 years.

Five countries have reported increases in maternal deaths.

The proportion of children dying before the age of five has gone up, especially in countries which have experienced armed conflict, inadequate investment in health services and a high rate of HIV/AIDS.

First broadcast on 27 June 2008.

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