While sometimes it seems as if the world’s problems are getting intractably worse, a recent article from Nicholas Kristof highlights some of the strides being made, especially for those who are most vulnerable. While there is still much to do, it’s certainly encouraging.
In 1981, 44% of the world’s population lived in what the UN defines as “extreme poverty.” Today, that number is down to 10% and is continuing to fall. The UN now seeks to completely eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.
The incidence of small children dying prematurely has dropped by a similar proportion due in large part to “simple” healthcare treatments, including vaccines, and pneumonia and diarrhea treatments. Other healthcare initiatives have reduced many forms of blindness globally.
And historically (and as recently as the 1960s) while the majority of adults were illiterate; today, approximately 85% of adults are literate and that number continues to climb.
It’s important to acknowledge and celebrate these accomplishments so that we continue to empower and support individuals and organizations that contribute to these successes and that we have the optimism required to meet these and new challenges.
Read the full article at nytimes.com.