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Eritrea to meet six of eight Millennium Development Goals

Eritrea is on track to achieve six of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals 

July 8, 2012 (ASMARA) — Eritrea is on pace to achieve six of the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015, according to the London-based think tank, Africa Research Institute[1] and the United Nations Development Programme.[2]

The six MDGs Eritrea is on track in achieving are from MDG 2-7: Universal Primary Education, Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Reducing Child Mortality, Improvement of Maternal Health, Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Disease and Ensuring Environmental Sustainability.

Since the MDGs were introduced in late 2000, reports indicate Eritrea has reduced its maternal mortality rates by 69 percent, declined child mortality levels under five by 57 percent, slashed HIV prevalence levels by 49 percent, and reduced Malaria infections by 90 percent.

In striving to provide adequate and cost-effective health service, Dr. Mismay Gebrehiwet, an advisor to the Ministry of Health, disclosed Eritrea has started producing its own antiviral drugs to combat HIV/AIDs.

"The government is committed to provide the drug free of charge to all HIV infected persons."[3]  Dr. Gebrehiwet said in an interview with ERI-TV.

The MDGs are a comprehensive framework endorsed by 189 countries at the UN Millennium Summit in September of 2000. They were introduced as a road map for developing nations to reduce poverty, hunger, ill-health, improving education, and environmental sustainability by 2015.

EritreaMillennium Development GoalsProgress
MDG 1Eradicate Extreme Hunger and PovertyOff Track       
MDG 2Achieve Universal Primary EducationOn Track     
MDG 3Promote Gender Equality & Empower WomenOn Track     
MDG 4Reduce Child Mortality On Track    
MDG 5Improve Maternal HealthOn Track   
MDG 6Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria & other DiseaseOn Track    
MDG 7Ensure Environmental SustainabilityOn Track    
MDG 8Develop a Global Partnership for DevelopmentOff Track      

Sources: Africa Research Institute, UNDP,  Dr. Gibrehiwet


[1] Princes’ Progress: Reconstruction and authority in Eritrea and Rwanda, Africa Research Institute, March 2011, page 3

[2] On page 16 of Eritrea's comprehensive response to the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group, a senior government official; citing UNDP officials, said Eritrea is on track to achieve six of the eight MDGs

[3] Dr. Mismay Gebrehiwet's interview with ERI-TV, FEB 15,  2012, via
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  1. I no many people are disappointed to hear the success of a black african country. But the facts speaks for itself for those who believe that this is impossible WAKE UP AND SMELL THAT ERITREAN BOON. ERITREA IS HERE TO STAY.

  2. Just wanted to clarify one thing but Azel Pharmaceutical company is actually located in Keren not Asmara. Regardless, keep up the good work Eritrea.

  3. The two measurements that are not being met are both irrelevant for Eritrea, one of them "Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty" does not apply on Eritrea. Because there is no extreme hunger and poverity in Eritrea, almost everyone is on the same boat. The other one is simply not a measurement at all, "Develop a Global Partnership for Development" its a ploy to hold a nation with incentives. If you want to be a friend of the Global Partnership Development pushers, then you have to give up some of your severeign rights as a state.


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