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Ending Poverty - The Goals of Millennium Project

Posted: Mon, September 22, 2014 | By:

The Millennium Project has identified a series of “Quick Wins” here - priority actions that can be taken immediately to save and improve lives. Brighter Brains Institute supports all these measures.

1. Eliminating school and uniform fees to ensure that all children, especially girls, are not out of school because of their families’ poverty. Lost revenues should be replaced with more equitable and efficient sources of finance, including donor assistance.

2. Providing impoverished farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with affordable replenishments of soil nitrogen and other soil nutrients.

3. Providing free school meals for all children using locally produced foods with take home rations.

4. Designing community nutrition programs for pregnant and lactating women and children under five that support breastfeeding, provide access to locally produced complementary foods and, where needed, provide micronutrient (especially zinc and vitamin A) supplementation.

5. Providing regular annual deworming to all schoolchildren in affected areas to improve health and educational outcomes.

6. Training large numbers of village workers in health, farming, and infrastructure (in one-year programs) to ensure basic expertise and services in rural communities.

7. Distributing free, long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed-nets to all children in malaria endemic zones to cut decisively the burden of malaria.

8. Eliminating user fees for basic health services in all developing countries, financed by increased domestic and donor resources for health.

9. Expanding access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, including family planning and contraceptive information and services, and closing existing funding gaps for supplies and logistics.

10. Expanding the use of proven effective drug combinations for AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. For AIDS, this includes successfully completing the 3 by 5 initiative to bring anti-retrovirals to 3 million people by 2005.

11. Setting up funding to finance community-based slum upgrading and earmark idle public land for low-cost housing.

12. Providing access to electricity, water, sanitation, and the Internet for all hospitals, schools, and other social service institutions using off-grid diesel generators, solar panels, or other appropriate technologies.

13. Reforming and enforcing legislation guaranteeing women property and inheritance rights.

14. Launching national campaigns to reduce violence against women.

15. Establishing, in each country, an office of science advisor to the president or prime minister to consolidate the role of science in national policymaking.

16. Empowering women to play a central role in formulating and monitoring MDG-based poverty reduction strategies and other critical policy reform processes, particularly at the level of local governments.

17. Providing community-level support to plant trees to provide soil nutrients, fuelwood, shade, fodder, watershed protection, windbreak, and timber.


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