n South African Medical Journal - Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in SA : foreword - Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals

Volume 104, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The Millennium Declaration, together with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), was signed by member states of the United Nations, including South Africa (SA), in September 2000. While all the MDGs are related to health, goals 4, 5 and 6 are directly related to health and the functioning of the healthcare system: goal 4 relates to reducing child mortality, goal 5 to improving maternal health, and goal 6 to combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB). Targets were set for countries to reach by 31 December 2015, using the year 1990 as a baseline. This supplement contains a number of papers that describe the progress SA has made and some of the continuing challenges that need to be overcome to meet the targets, or at least get as close to reaching them as possible.

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