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We have made huge strides in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Since 1990, there has been an over 50 percent decline in preventable child deaths globally. Maternal mortality also fell by 45 percent worldwide. New HIV/AIDS infections fell by 30 percent between 2000 and 2013, and over 6.2 million lives were saved from malaria.

Despite this incredible progress, more than 6 million children still die before their fifth birthday every year. 16,000 children die each day from preventable diseases such as measles and tuberculosis. Every day hundreds of women die during pregnancy or from child-birth related complications. In many rural areas, only 56 percent of births are attended by skilled professionals. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among teenagers in sub-Saharan Africa, a region still severely devastated by the HIV epidemic.

These deaths can be avoided through prevention and treatment, education, immunization campaigns, and sexual and reproductive healthcare. The Sustainable Development Goals make a bold commitment to end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is to achieve universal health coverage, and provide access to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines for all. Supporting research and development for vaccines is an essential part of this process as well.

Goals in action

UNDP in Belarus

Love prevails in sickness and in health

Evgeny and Ilona were high school sweethearts. They were moving towards a happily-ever-after until their story was interrupted with some shocking news. See how a couple beat the odds with a positive outlook. WATCH >

UNDP in Central Asia

Labour migrants in Central Asia deserve our attention

The lack of a required legal status creates a vicious circle for irregular migrants, where tightened migration regimes push them into informal economic activities that don’t provide them with health insurance and lead to poor life-long health outcomes. MORE >

UNDP in Turkmenistan

Recovering from multidrug-resistant TB

This strain of TB requires special drug treatment, with the strength of the patient and enormous support from the family. A UNDP-supported, Global Fund (GF)-financed initiative aims to reduce the burden of tuberculosis on the local community. MORE >

UNDP in Ukraine

Supporting procurement services helps Ministry of Health and the people

UNDP’s transparent, open and competitive tender processes have brought about fair competition and increased the cost-effectiveness of medicine procurement in Ukraine, by strictly applying a “best cost for value” principle. MORE >

UNDP in Montenegro

Towards social inclusion

The number of old, lonely and ill people unable to meet their own basic needs continues to grow in rural areas of Montenegro, some of which not connected by any sort of organized transport. MORE >

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