Which countries are on track and which countries are lagging behind in reaching the MDGs? Which MDGs are likely to be met and which ones won’t? For a good overview of general trends, check out the Overseas Development Institute’s MDGs Report Card. www.odi.org.uk
In its list of top 20 achievers for ‘absolute progress’ made on MDGs, only two countries in Latin America and the Caribbean - Honduras and Guatemala - are listed.
The report’s main conclusions:
More progress has been made on the detection and treatment of tuberculosis than on HIV/AIDS.
“Good progress” has been made towards increasing the numbers of children immunized against diseases.
Progress on improving access to clean drinking water has been ‘very strong.’
Countries in Latin America, in particular Paraguay, stand out as the best performers.
While strong progress has been made on increasing access to education, the primary education target of universal primary completion is unlikely to be reached.
Progress on maternal health is slower than on most other goals. Most experts agree that many countries are unlikely to reach the MDG for reducing maternal morality.