Are We Really Making a Difference?
With all the poverty and suffering all over the world, it’s easy to wonder sometimes whether our donations are really making a difference. These statistics show that indeed they are! The quality of life, even in the world’s poorest countries, has improved over the past several decades, far more than most of us realize.
- Fifty years ago, more than half of the world’s population didn’t get enough calories every day. By the 1990s, this dropped to 10%. Today, famine affects less than ½% of the population in Africa.
- Virtually everywhere, infant mortality is down and life expectancy is up.
- Nearly 90% of the world’s children are now enrolled in primary schools, compared to less than 50% in 1950.
- Today 80% of the world’s newborns are immunized against six diseases, up from 5% in 1974.
There is still lots to do. Every year 10 million children die in poor countries, yet 1/3 of them could be saved through wider use of breast feeding, insecticide-treated bed nets, and simple hydration with sugar or salt water. But at the rate we are going, think of the difference we can make over the next decades, thanks to generous givers!
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