September 30, 2014

The Next 456 Days

Written by Maternal Child Survival Program

This post originally appeared on Medium here. Reposted with permission.

In 2000, governments and multilateral development agencies from around the world gathered in a collaborative effort to end poverty and related problems by the end of 2015.

Today, September 30, 2014, marks 456 days from when those goals are set to expire.


At MCSP, we focus on goals 4, 5, and 6:

  • MDG 4 — Reduce child mortality
  • MDG 5 — Improve maternal health
  • MDG 6 — Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

The rest of the goals — to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women, ensure environmental sustainability and create a global partnership for development — were just as ambitious, but real progress has been made.

Yet, we have much more work to do.


We still live in a world where every year, 6.3 million children and 289,000 mothers die from causes we know how to prevent.

The good news? We know now what works, and more importantly, that progress is not achieved alone.

It will take the combined efforts and continued commitments of governments, public and private sector partners, and the larger development community to #commit2deliver and end extreme poverty within a generation. We know our part; what is yours?

What will you do in the next 456 days?


To raise awareness about the next 456 days and our work ahead, we’re sharing a countdown clock, which can be shared out on blogs, social media or embedded on your website to show your solidarity in reaching these goals. Using the hashtag #Day456 on social media will help connect your voice to the larger development community.


A future free of poverty is in our sights — let’s get there.