Good News Friday

  • Measles cases in southeast Asia declined by 92% between 2002 and 2020, and the death rate decreased by 97% – saving an estimated 9.3 million lives. WHO (PDF link).
  • Maternal mortality rates in Zimbabwe declined from 657 deaths per 100,000 births in 2007, to 217 per 100,000 births in 2019. Significant improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health as well as interventions to reduce HIV, malaria and TB are working. BMJ (PDF link).
  • Trials showed new malaria vaccine provides up to 80% protection against the deadly disease. BBC.
  • Iran close to eradicating illiteracy. Tehran Times.
  • The average life expectancy in India in 1947 was around 32 years and now it has increased to 70 years. Times Now.
  • More people now work in clean energy than in fossil fuels. Quartz.
  • In the US, child poverty fell by 59 percent from 1993 to 2019. The New York Times.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its Goalkeepers Report on global progress. Since 1990, poverty and hunger have declined dramatically while life spans have increased on every continent. The share of global smokers has declined by about 20 percent; children are roughly 30 percent less likely to be malnourished or stunted; rates of tuberculosis have declined by about one-third; maternal deaths per live births have declined by 40 percent; the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases such as dengue and leprosy has declined by roughly 70 percent; and the share of the global population with access to toilets and safe plumbing has increased by 100 percent. The Atlantic.

For more good news, check out The Progress Network, and Future Crunch.

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