Things are bad in the world and it feels like it’s getting worse, right?
—Wrong! Step-by-step, year-by-year, things are improving for billions of people worldwide!
- Over the past 20 years, the proportion of the global population living in extreme poverty has halved. This progress is absolutely revolutionary!
- The percentage of people worldwide who are undernourished has dropped from 28% (1970) to 11% in (2016).
- In 1950, the child mortality rate was 15%. (i.e. 97 million children were born and 14.4 million children died.) In 2016, the child mortality rate was down to 3%! (i.e.141 million children were born and 4.2 million died.) So we can rejoice there’s more than 10 million less dead babies per year than a relatively short time ago!
- Child deaths per thousand in Saudi Arabia have dropped from 242 to 35, in just 33 years. Countries like Sweden took 77 years to reach this same achievement.