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Medical News & Perspectives
October 24/31, 2007

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD

JAMA. 2007;298(16):1849-1851. doi:10.1001/jama.298.16.1849

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is an ambitious goal, to say the least. But this is the aim of the UN (United Nations) Millennium Project, a global plan to meet a set of 8 targets to improve the human condition. These targets, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), include halving, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people living on $1 a day.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, developed the plan for the UN Millennium Project and served as its director and as Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, from 2002 to 2006. His plan is being studied in several villages in 10 African countries through the UN Millennium Villages Project, which seeks to help people transform their lives through tools and interventions that promote clean water, sanitation and other essential infrastructure, education, food production, basic health care, and environmental sustainability.