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And hunger. The worst results are for access to sanitation, extreme poverty, and maternal mortality, with access to safe drinking water and under-five mortality in the middle. All told, developing countries have been doing much better than thought until recently. 4). Many countries are making substantial progress in several MDGs: gender parity in primary education (89 of them), gender parity in secondary education (82), access to safe drinking water (66), primary completion rate (55), and extreme poverty (47).
On current trends, the world will likely miss these three targets by 2015. Most regions are off track, but East Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia are doing somewhat better than others. a child mortality gender under five parity (secondary) lower-middle-income countries Source: World Bank staff calculations based on data from the World Development Indicators database. Note: The number above each bar refers to the number of countries attaining that MDG.
Regional patterns vary. 1). 2 and related tables in appendix 1). Within this group, SubSaharan Africa shows encouraging results. For instance, 81 percent of the region’s lagging countries are relatively close to the extreme poverty target. Fifty percent of the region’s countries are very close to the target for gender parity in secondary education, and 53 percent are quite close for hunger. Progress is also evident in access to safe drinking water (69 percent of countries are close to the target).