Good News Friday

  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo certified free of Guinea-worm disease. WHO.
  • Between 2014 and 2021, the South-East Asia Region recorded 73% reduction in measles deaths and 64% reduction in measles cases. Five of the 11 countries have eliminated measles, and two countries – Maldives and Sri Lanka – have eliminated rubella as well. WHO.
  • In India between 2017 and 2021, measles has decreased by 62%, and rubella by 48%. WHO (PDF link).
  • Saudi Arabia is making strides in women’s rights. Strict dress regulations, mandatory gender segregation, and a ban on women drivers were abolished. ABC.
  • Almost half of electricity in Germany was generated from renewables in 2022. IEEFA.
  • Congress’s bipartisan deal to spend billions more fighting HIV and malaria abroad. Vox.
  • Hawaii to make preschool available for all 3-4 year-olds. AP.
  • Postpartum haemorrhage: Niger halves blood-loss deaths at clinics. BBC.
  • Gentle policing: Social workers team up with Raleigh officers to successfully respond to over 1,000 calls. WRAL News.

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

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