Bill and Melinda Gates

Contrary to the doom and gloom found in Twitter feeds and nightly news broadcasts, there’s ample evidence that humanity is headed in the right direction.

A new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation puts that progress in perspective.

The report, entitled “Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data,” sheds light on how far public health officials have come in the fight against infectious disease and poverty.

The Gates Foundation plans to release a new “Goalkeepers” report every year until 2030. Here are some of the biggest wins over the last 25 years.

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Childhood mortality

Since 1990, more than 100 million lives have been saved among kids 5 years and younger. The rate of death has fallen from 85 deaths per 1,000 live births to just 38.

“The key to keeping the momentum,” according to the report, “will be helping countries (or regions within countries) with the weakest health systems build up the basic infrastructure they need to reach all children with lifesaving interventions.”

Maternal mortality

Over the past 25 years, women have started giving birth in hospitals and health facilities more frequently than at home.

The biggest benefit: Mortality rates have fallen …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech

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