Millennium Development Goals
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were approved by 189 world leaders in September 2000 to improve the lives of the poor by combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. Each MDG consists of indicators and specific targets to be achieved by 2015. Three MDGs relate specifically to health: MDG 4, MDG 5 and MDG 6. Three other MDGs are health-related: MDG 1, MDG 7 and MDG 8.