Josh Ruxin, Joan E Paluzzi, Paul A Wilson, Yes.im Tozan, Margaret Kruk, Awash Teklehaimanot
With 2015 only a decade away, the poorest countries face enormous hurdles to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health, let alone the broader goal of health for all their citizens. The MDGs all relate to health to some degree; virtually any intervention that reduces poverty and inequality will also decrease the disproportionate vulnerability to disease and injury borne by impoverished people. The UN Millennium Project established a task force concerned with the sixth goal, to “combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases” and improving access to essential medicines. Its work emphasises broad health challenges while recognising the specific threats posed by the worsening epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, which together caused an estimated 6 million deaths in 2004.