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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 129
 

Millennium development goals: Where are we?


Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, India

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Sanjeev V Thomas
Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.34790

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Thomas SV. Millennium development goals: Where are we?. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2007;10:129

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Thomas SV. Millennium development goals: Where are we?. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2019 Nov 11];10:129. Available from: http://www.annalsofian.org/text.asp?2007/10/3/129/34790


In September 2000, the Heads of States of 147 countries put their signatures on the UN Millennium Declaration. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were set out based on the actions and targets proposed in the declaration, and all 192 member countries of the United Nations have agreed to achieve them by 2015. The eight goals are to: (1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; (2) achieve universal primary education; (3) promote gender equality and empower women; (4) reduce child mortality; (5) improve maternal health; (6) combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; (7) ensure environmental sustainability; and (8) develop a Global Partnership for Development. [1] Now, at the midpoint of the program, how far have we progressed? What will be the role of the Indian Academy of Neurology, and individual neurologists in this country, in achieving the MDG? Neurological disorders constitute an important component of the economic burden due to diseases. Early diagnosis and prevention of diseases and the resultant disability would move us closer to achieving these goals.

In this issue, Prof. Dalal has reviewed the burden due to stroke and how to minimize it. In an accompanying article, Prof. Arjundas and his colleagues have explained the stroke scenario in Chennai city in India.

A complex relationship has always existed between epilepsy and religion. Ancient religious writings contain some of the earliest descriptions of epilepsy. Some of the great religious leaders are believed to have had epilepsy. Epileptic semiology and post ictal states may occasionally be associated with religious experiences. In this issue we have an article that discusses epilepsy and religion. We welcome more papers based on scientific observations in this field. The knowledge and attitude to epilepsy of the public is a closely related subject. People often harbor several misconcepts about epilepsy, which ultimately interferes with effective treatment and rehabilitation of the affected persons. Such misconcepts may vary from place to place. The knowledge, attitude, and practices paper included in this issue throws light on the scenario in a northwestern part of India.

Most readers of this journal, who are members of the Indian Academy of Neurology, would be preparing to attend the forthcoming annual meeting of the Academy in Mumbai when this issue reaches them. We look forward to seeing you in Mumbai.

 
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1.United Nations Development Program. Millennium development goals. Available from: http://www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml. [Last accessed on 2007 Aug 11].  Back to cited text no. 1    




 

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