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Latin Americans have more access to education than to drinking water

August 21, 2014

  • 500 days before the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, the region meets most of the goals, but still lags behind regarding maternal health and better services.

When, in 2000 the UN launched the Millennium Development Goals, even the most optimistic people couldn't have guessed that Latin America would be one of the best performing regions.

In particular the region has reduced extreme poverty by half from 1990 to 2010 and is also on the way to providing universal basic education -94% of children go to school compared to 97% in  developed countries. 

However, Latin America still lags behind when it comes to health and sanitation.

Find out how the region is performing goal to goal:  

1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

2. To achieve universal primary education

3. To promote gender equality and empower women

4. To reduce child mortal

5. To improve maternal health

6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

7. To ensure environmental sustainability

8. To develop a global partnership for development