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Scaling up human development level to meet the MDG’s in the MENA Region: the way forward with Roger’s Theory

Nader Motie Haghshenas, Population Studies and Research Center in Asia and the Pacific
Ali Rahimi, Population Studies and Research Center in Asia and the Pacific
Somayeh Karami Nia, Population Studies and Research Center in Asia and the Pacific

The Millennium Development Goals(MDGs)are time-limited commitments made by governments throughout the world to reduce poverty and promote human development.The past two decades have witnessed significant improvements in the living conditions and health status of the world people,particularly the developing countries.The aim of this paper is to evaluate human development level in achieving MDG’s targets of 4 and 5 in the Middle East and North Africa and to explore its policy implications.Data used in this analysis are mostly taken from WHO for 2010,Population Reference Bureau for 2010 and Human Development Report for 2006 and 2008.According to Roger’s theory on diffusion of innovations which is a theory that seeks to explain how,why,and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures in the complex atmosphere.With expansion advanced medical care systems,it is implied that we can see positive signs of reduction of mortality indices at the globalized World even with little progress in some of the MENA region countries.

Presented in Poster Session 2