Millennium Development Goals, Ghana, Child Mortality, Maternal Health, Malaria


Social and Behavioral Sciences


This paper describes the Millennium Development Goals by identifying when and why they were created, what they aim to accomplish and the progress that has been made in attaining them. Data is presented about the state of the world regarding the Millennium Development Goals, specifically focusing on the progress in Ghana, West Africa. I reflect upon my study abroad experience in Ghana with Grand Valley State University’s Frederik Meijer Honors College and describe how I saw the Millennium Development Goals in action. Specific nongovernmental organizations that Grand Valley students worked with are described, along with the respective Millennium Development Goals they are seeking to address. Millennium Development Goals four, five and six concerning child mortality, maternal health and malaria are described in great detail; and I share about my specific encounters with these goals during my time spent in the Ghana Health Service.