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More needed to meet 2015 health goals

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LONDON, Sep 02, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Insufficient investments and fragile health systems will prevent many low-income countries from reaching health targets set for 2015, warns a study.

The 2015 targets are designated under the U.N.-sponsored Millennium Development Goal.

The warning is published in this week's issue of Britain's The Lancet.

The article is the first of several papers to be published in The Lancet in the lead-up to the Ministerial Summit on Health Research set for November 16 through 20 in Mexico City.

The Mexico summit will have a particular focus on health-policy development, health-systems research, knowledge dissemination, and promoting the use of findings by decision makers.

The MDGs arose from the UN Millennium Declaration, signed by 189 countries in 2000. Eight goals were established for development and to eradicate poverty.

Three of them directly relate to health issues - reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; and combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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