MDGs Scorecard and Outlook Report, Eight Goals : One Nation

MDGs Scorecard and Outlook Report, Eight Goals : One Nation

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “Belize Scorecard and Outlook Report 2010, Eight Goals : One Nation” reveals that Belize has made significant progress towards the achievement of the MDGs particularly those related to improving maternal health, reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and ensuring access to clean water.

The country has already met the target of reducing the under-five mortality rate by 66 percent by 2015 and aims to further improve it and it has made significant progress on universal access to primary education, which reached 95 percent in 2011. Other areas in which the country has succeeded were in bringing to zero the number of maternal deaths and in ensuring and improving access to clean water to both urban and the rural communities. Belize has also made remarkable progress in reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

Highlights

  • Eight MDGs : One Nation, Report Launch
  • 95% Primary School Access, 2011
  • Zero Maternal Deaths, 2011

Ms. Marie Aleman, a female local water authority Chairperson, provided testimony on the improved development of the Big Falls Water system explaining how good management of the System is positively impacting the village.  “The tank is washed quarterly and super chlorinated annually…the system is monitored and well maintained…we ensure that a new pump is on hand for when the need arises.”  She added that “...besides promoting health practices, water borne diseases are prevented such as diarrhoea, skin infections, vomiting etc. - villagers are satisfied with the service provided and the rates we charge...” said Ms. Aleman at the launch of the MDGs Report.

The preparation, production and launch of the report was a collaborative national effort, supported by UNDP.  The launch on January 31, 2012 was attended by Hon. Erwin Contreras, Minister of Economic Development, Commerce and Industry, and Consumer Protection; Roberto Valent, UN Resident Coordinator; Dr. Cary Fraser, President of the University of Belize; representatives from the various Ministries, including Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Health, Human Development and Social Transformation,  Natural Resources and Environment; as well as from civil society.