Nursing and the Impact of Worldwide Poverty

Barbara Sheer, DNSc, FNP-C, FAANP


Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal. 2007;7(3) 

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The Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, the MDG were adopted by the UN to address the most pressing needs of the poor. The 8 goals to be achieved by 2015 include[3]:

  • Eradication of extreme hunger and poverty;

  • Achieving universal primary education;

  • Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women;

  • Reducing child mortality;

  • Improving maternal health;

  • Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases;

  • Ensuring environmental sustainability; and

  • Developing a global partnership for development.

Progress has been made, but achievement of the goals is not assured. Extreme hunger and poverty continue to exist. There has been a reduction in child mortality, but gender inequality is still the norm. The UN provides an official Web site with data for each nation.[4]


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