Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Gap Task Force Report 2011

The Global Partnership for Development - Time to Deliver

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Significant gaps remain in delivering on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, access to new technologies and affordable essential medicines. This report monitors the progress made in achieving the targets of MDG 8, including continued attention to the impact of the global crisis on meeting the targets set under MDG 8 and embedding any new commitments resulting from the High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th session of the General Assembly on the MDGs into the monitoring process. Policy coherence is a central theme of this report, which provides recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address the remaining implementation gaps.

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Access to affordable essential medicines

Essential medicines are a crucial ingredient for fighting disease; thus, having access to them on affordable terms, though an insufficient requirement in itself, is essential for achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and attending to other health needs of developing countries. The analysis in this chapter stresses the critical importance of providing access to essential medicines for both chronic and communicable diseases. Medicines must be accessible to the population in acceptable quantities, dosages and quality, and at affordable prices. Unfortunately, this is not the case in most developing countries, and only modest progress has been made in this regard over the past decade.

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