Millennium Development Goals
© UNICEF Bangladesh/2006/Noorani
91 per cent of primary-school-aged girls are enrolled in school.
The objectives of the Country Programme 2006-2010 support UNICEF and the Government’s commitment to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Click on the goals below to see UNICEF’s targets for Bangladesh in support of the MDGs. Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Reduce micronutrient deficiencies among vulnerable children in selected underachieving districts.
- Increase access to improved health and basic education services in underserved areas, focusing on children from poor urban communities and the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
- Contribute to government primary education targets for boys and girls:
- 95 per cent net enrolment rate
- 85 per cent completion
- 65 per cent achievement of nationally defined competencies.
- Provide quality non-formal primary education to 200,000 working children between the ages of 10 and 14.
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women
- Educate and encourage 1 million adolescent girls and boys, their families and their communities to reduce child marriage, dowry and other forms of abuse, exploitation and violence against girls.
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
- Achieve 85 per cent immunization coverage of children under-one against the six childhood diseases in all low coverage districts.
- Motivate caregivers of children under-five to practise a set of essential child care behaviours.
- Reduce drowning and other injury-related deaths from 48 to 40 per 100,000 children aged one to seventeen in selected sub-districts.
Goal 5: Improve maternal health
- Increase the accessibility, number and quality of obstetric care facilities nationwide and encourage women to seek help from maternal and neonatal health services.
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- Educate 30 per cent of adolescents aged ten to eighteen in selected districts on HIV/AIDS, empowering them to reduce their vulnerability to the virus.
- Provide comprehensive prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) packages including antiretroviral prophylaxis, treatment and support to 80 per cent of HIV-positive pregnant women, their spouses and children.
- Protect children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS by providing care and support services.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
- Improve standards of sanitation, safe water and hygiene behaviour on a sustainable basis, among 30 million people.
- Contribute to government water and sanitation targets:
- 100 per cent access to safe water by 2011
- 100 per cent access to sanitation facilities by 2013.
Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
- Partner with national and international media to advocate for the rights and participation of Bangladeshi children and women.
- Contribute to the development of more effective legislative and enforcement systems to protect children. Advance the appointment of an independent Child Rights Commissioner to address children’s issues.
© UNICEF Bangladesh/2008/Naser Siddique
80 per cent of people in Bangladesh drink water from improved sources.
UNICEF continues to monitor the situation and rights of children in Bangladesh to better achieve the MDGs and implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child.