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Many low-income countries are unlikely to reach the Millennium Development Goal health targets set for 2015; the main reasons for this are fragile health systems and insufficient investments in understanding how to strengthen them, suggest authors.



ISSUE 4-10 September 2004

Newswise - Many low-income countries are unlikely to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) health targets set for 2015; the main reasons for this are fragile health systems and insufficient investments in understanding how to strengthen them, suggest authors of a Public Health article in this week's issue of 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 (November 16-20, 2004, 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
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