Globally up to three hundred and fifty eight thousand women die every year due to lack of access to timely intervention and lack of skilled medical personnel. Similarly, many children under five years of age, statistically up to eight million lose their lives to preventable health conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, measles etc.
Women are the most disadvantaged especially in the poorest countries. Opportunities for educational, social and economic advancement are usually markedly inferior to those of men and they often face barriers in gaining access to good education and health care for both economic and cultural reasons. This is manifest in less developed countries in lower level of education attainment for girls than boys and a lower life expectancy for women relative to men. There are indications of continuing bias against women, exhibited in the labour market where women face lower wages and fewer job opportunities, and continue to encounter discrimination in financial markets. Women also usually have fewer opportunities to participate in public decision making. Continue reading
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Goal 6 is combating HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The targets are to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and the incidences of malaria and other diseases by 2015, as well as, achieve, by 2010, universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS for all those who need it.