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Malaysia and the MDGs

At the turn of the Century, Malaysia adopted the Millennium Declaration and pledged to address, by 2015, extreme poverty and hunger; child and maternal mortality; HIV and AIDS; universal primary education; gender equality; environmental sustainability; and, a global partnership for development.

Malaysia’s progress over the last thirty years is admirable …

§ Poverty reduced from nearly 50% of the population, to below 5%

§ Under-5 mortality rate reduced less than 10 deaths in every 1,000 live births, a reduction of over 85% since 1970

§ Maternal mortality rates reduced from 141 deaths to less than 70 deaths in 100,000 births

§ Over 90% of Malaysians live within 5 Km of a health facility

§ More than 90% of children are enrolled in primary school

While Malaysia has done extremely well for her people, socio-economic disparities and geography continue to challenge the Government in its efforts to deliver healthcare and education to all. Ethnic minorities in Sarawak and Sabah for example are situated in remote areas of Borneo’s rainforest. With mountains and rivers dividing villages from schools and modern services, not everyone is able to access the benefits of modernisation.

The gap between those who have and those who have not, as a result of disparity, can make all the difference between a life of choices and a life of limitations. With the support of the Government and its partners, it is possible to provide all children with a protective environment, free from threats like HIV, drug abuse and violence.

Making sure no child is left invisible or excluded, provides Malaysia with the foundation to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

For every Goal achieved, we take one step closer to creating a nation where every child has an equal opportunity to survive and thrive.





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