16 May 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: The world has made dramatic progress in improving health in the poorest countries and has narrowed the gaps between countries with the best and worst health status in the past two decades, according to the WHO's World Health Statistics 2013.
WHO annual statistics report highlights that efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have reduced health gaps between the most-advantaged and least-advantaged countries.
As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approach their 2015 deadline, this year's World Health Statistics shows that considerable progress has been made in reducing child and maternal deaths, improving nutrition and reducing deaths and illness from HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria.
"Intensive efforts to achieve the MDGs have clearly improved health for people all over the world," said Dr Margaret Chan, director general, WHO. "But with less than 1000 days to go to reach the MDG deadline, it is timely to ask if these efforts have made a difference in reducing the unacceptable inequities between the richest and poorest countries."