The UN is promoting eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.
These goals were developed by the UN and its partners to form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. The goals have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. Goal #5 specifically relates to maternal health with two measurable targets: 1. Reducing by 75% the maternal mortality rate and 2. achieving universal access to reproductive health.