Bissau, Guinea – Bissau - Five United Nations agencies are implementing together the
, with funding from the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), to accelerate progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 i.e. reducing maternal mortality from 790 deaths to 228 deaths per 100,000 live births and infant mortality from 161 deaths to 70 deaths per 1,000 live births by December 2015.
The growing number of young people in Africa could offer enormous potential gains to the continent, but only if their needs are met and their rights are fulfilled. This was the central message of leaders and public health experts at an 11 April meeting on Africa’s ‘demographic dividend’ at the United Nations Headquarters.