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Oxfam's Adam Askew assesses the progress towards the Millennium Development goals, and explains what needs to be done to rescue the MDGs.

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The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set out in 2000 and agreed to by the 192 member states of the United Nations. By signing up to these targets, governments of the world have committed to working to lift around 500 million people out of poverty by the year 2015.

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On June 24, Oxfam's G8 "Big Heads" were in Huntsville 'naked' and 'pregnant.' Their modesty preserved only by a maple leaf, they will illustrate the G8's failure to keep their promises to poor people around the world.

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Martha Wainwright and Jim Kerr have just recorded an original version of the iconic Simple Minds song 'Promised You a Miracle', to draw attention to the hundreds of thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.

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In 2008, Ghana made healthcare free for pregnant women, partly thanks to foreign aid money. These photos show how this has already helped hundreds of thousands of women – and what else aid can achieve.

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Martha Wainwright and Jim Kerr record an original version of the Simple Minds song 'Promised You a Miracle' to draw attention to the thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy. Credit: Alice Rosenbaum

Jim Kerr and Martha Wainwright have re-invented the iconic 80s hit Promised You A Miracle, to call on world leaders to keep the promises they have made on overseas aid and save the lives of mothers in poor countries.

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Nurse Melifa Mphasa, age 43, listens to the pregnant belly of patient Modeste in the labor ward at Bwalia 'Bottom' Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

On the 24th and 25th of June, the G8 leaders will meet in Canada. These powerful nations must keep their promises, and act now to get the Millennium Development Goals back on track.

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'Promised You a Miracle' music video draws attention to the hundreds of thousands of women still dying from avoidable complications in childbirth and pregnancy.

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Nurse, Margaret Ganga, takes the blood pressure of Grace Banda, who had a caesarian section after difficulties during labour at Bwalia 'Bottom' Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Failure to provide free public healthcare in poor countries means that millions of people are paying with their lives, according to a research report published today by a group of 62 NGOs and health unions.

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