Cover of the Millennium Development Goals | Namibia report
The recently launched 2nd Millennium Development Goals Report/Namibia shows Namibia has made progress in achieving some of the targets set for five of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but more work needs to be done if the goals are to be achieved by 2015.
Infant mortality deaths have dropped from 57 per 1 000 live birth in 1993 to 49 per 1 000 live births currently, but with the target put at 38 deaths per 1 000 live births by 2012, the country is unlikely to achieve the goal (goal number 4: reduce child mortality).
The country is also unlikely to meet the under five mortality rate target of 45 deaths per 1 000 live births. Currently 69 deaths per 1 000 live births are reported.
Infant mortality and under five mortality, which are under the reduce child mortality goal have increased because of HIV/AIDS and under nutrition, while maternal deaths have almost doubled from 225 deaths per 100 000 live births in 1993 to 449 deaths per 100 000 live births to date. The target for 2012 is 337 deaths per 100 000 live births.
Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator Joyce Mends-Cole said Namibia, like other African countries, was not insulated from the adverse effects of the current financial crisis and indications are that the dramatically declining commodity process is negatively affecting the country’s economy, which is in turn reducing growth, incomes and employment.
“This will directly affect our efforts of achieving Goal Number One (eradicate extreme hunger and poverty) with a cascading effect to other goals. In comparison with past performance, the poor unemployment picture suggests that the rate of progress will even be slower,” she said.
Mends-Cole congratulated the Government on the targets that have been achieved but urged the country to prioritize the targets where progress is slow and where it is likely that the targets may not be achieved at the current rate.
Please click here to download the Executive Summary of the recently launched 2nd Millennium Development Goals Report l Namibia 2008.