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How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days?

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The clock is ticking loudly for all of us focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose established end-date is December 31, 2015. We have made absolutely phenomenal progress since the goals were set, and there is much recent good news. A record number of malaria bednets were delivered in the first half of 2014, expected to save 600,000 children's lives over the next three years and bring us closer to achieving our goal of near-zero deaths by 2015. The latest figures indicate that we are well on our way to ending mother-to-child HIV transmission, with 2013 announced as the first year that fewer than 200,000 babies globally were newly infected with HIV among the countries working toward elimination, almost a 45% decrease from 2009. And important new funding-related commitments have been made in the past few months by diverse partners, particularly the Governments of Canada and the United States.

Read the full article by Ray Chambers,UN Special Envoy for Health Financing in the Huffington Post.