Quality & Quantity

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 959–978 | Cite as

Examining Turkey and member states of European Union in terms of health perspectives of millennium development goals

  • Fatma Lorcu
  • Bilge Acar Bolat
  • Ahmet Atakisi


Development is related not only to production and increase in per capita income but also to social, cultural and political improvements. The purpose of development is that individuals would live long, healthy and happy lives thanks to economic development of society. From this perspective, it is obvious that the human factor is fundamental to the concept of development. This study examines the most important element in human development—health. As health indicators, it uses the health perspectives in the United Nations millennium development goals that are “reduce child mortality”, “improve maternal health” and “combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases”. In the study, European Union (EU) member states and candidate country Turkey are compared in terms of health related goals among millennium development goals by using Multidimensional scaling and Cluster analysis. Initially, countries with similar and dissimilar health indicators are mapped in multidimensional space by multidimensional scaling analysis. Further, the same method is used to reveal similar and dissimilar health indicators among countries. Then, the findings are compared using Cluster analysis and are identified to be similar.


Millennium development goals Multidimensional scaling Cluster analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business Administrative SciencesTrakya UniversityEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.School of BusinessIstanbul UniversityAvcilarTurkey

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