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Millenium Development Goals

“The Millennium Development Goals are the most ambitious endeavor ever pursued against human deprivation and the first to place health at the center of development. They give us an unparalleled opportunity to improve health and equity by mobilizing coordinated multisectoral action to fight disease and improve the social determinants of health.” - Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization


Welcome to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) webpage of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). This web site aims to collect and systematize available health MDG-related data and facilitate its use for the analysis of the regions' development and challenges. Founded in 1906, PAHO has been at the forefront in the fight against illness and disease thought out its history. As part of the United Nations system, it enjoys international recognition serving as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. PAHO is also the health organization of the Inter-American System.

What are the MDGs

The MDGs are a special challenge for the Americas, a region that while not the poorest, is the most unequal. The MDGs emphasis on addressing all forms of inequality is a historic opportunity and a chance to capitalize on the highest and most unambiguous level of political will.  It is a chance to mobilize the efforts of developing and developed countries towards achieving measurable and tangible goals resulting in significant improvements on the lives of those most in need. The core values of the MDGs are closely linked to PAHO's values, vision, and mission and therefore are a critical element of the organization's technical cooperation.

Health and Economic Development

PAHO has long recognized that health is a necessary pre-condition for securing development. Health facilitates economic growth, reduces poverty, advances education, preserves the environment, promotes democracy, and secures the freedoms essential for human dignity(1). Indeed, Health is the human face of development. The work of the organization should therefore maximize progress towards the achievement of the MDGs, and thus contribute to sustainable development for the people of the Americas.