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Sub-Saharan Africa is failing to make much progress in meeting the UN's Millennium Development goals, which are aimed at cutting poverty and improving living standards in developing countries by 2015.

The number of poor people in Africa increased in the past decade by a third, while falling in India and China. Over 300 million people lack access to clean water and 450 million have inadequate sanitation. And nearly one African child in six dies before the age of five. Increased foreign aid is needed to tackle these problems.


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