[health-vn] The Millennium Development Goals Fail Poor Children: The Case for Equity-Adjusted Measures
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Subject: [EQ] The Millennium Development Goals Fail Poor Children: The
Case for Equity-Adjusted Measures
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 11:43:07 -0400
From: Ruggiero, Mrs. Ana Lucia (WDC) <ruglucia at PAHO.ORG>
Reply-To: Equity, Health & Human Development <EQUIDAD at LISTSERV.PAHO.ORG>
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The Millennium Development Goals Fail Poor Children: The Case for
Daniel D. Reidpath1*, Chantal M. Morel2, Jeffrey W. Mecaskey3, Pascale
1 Centre for Public Health Research, Brunel University, Uxbridge, United
2 LSE Health, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom,
3 Save the Children UK, London, United Kingdom
*PLoS Med 6(4): e1000062. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000062 - April 28,
Available online at:
“………..of the Millennium Declaration is to address the health and
development needs of society's most vulnerable and least served .
Issues of equity form a key principle:
We recognize that, in addition to our separate responsibilities to our
individual societies, we have a collective responsibility to uphold the
principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As
leaders we have a duty therefore to all the world's people, especially
the most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world, to
whom the future belongs ….”
The Millennium Declaration is a statement of principles about the kind
of future that world governments seek; a future that they envisage to be
more equitable and more responsive to the socially most vulnerable.
The Millennium Development Goals represent the operational targets by
which we may judge their actions.
The reduction of the U5MR by two-thirds by 2015 is one of the Millennium
Development Goals (MDG4).
The reduction in U5MR can, however, be achieved through a diversity of
policy interventions, some of which could leave the children of the poor
worse off. A celebrated MDG4 success can, thus, be a Millennium
Health policy informed by composite outcome measures that take account
of both the U5MR and the distribution of the burden of mortality across
social groups would help to overcome this.
Exploring Equity, Equality, and U5MR
An Equity-Adjusted Measure
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