29 February 2012

Mixed Progress Toward the MDGs in Asia Pacific

Having just returned from India, it is not shocking that countries in Asia and the Pacific are well behind in bringing basic sanitation to their citizens.  Rapid urbanization may have a role to play in the lack of progress.

I will starting publishing a few articles and posts based on the trip that will share what I learned about safe water. It looks like the region is in good shape towards the achievement of the MGD on safe water. I need to dig a bit deeper into this part of the data. The inability to drink the water coming to your home is still a pretty big deal.

The summary of the chart from The Economist:
The proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 50% in 1990 to 22% in 2009. In terms of warm bodies, this means a reduction from 1.57 billion people to 871m. The region has also been an "early achiever" on other targets such as the education of girls and reducing the spread of HIV and tuberculosis. Asia is also close to halving the number of people without access to safe drinking water. But the region as a whole has been slow to improve basic sanitation and maternal health care. Over 3m children under-five died in 2010. Thousands of women die each year in labour, which is perhaps unsurprising as some 22m women give birth without a trained health professional present.