Good News in the War on Poverty
In 2015 The United Nations completed The Millennium Development Goals which began in 1990. Over that period, remarkable results have been achieved.
- In 1990, nearly half of the population in developing regions lived on less than $1.25 a day. This rate dropped to 14% in 2015.
- The total number of people living in extreme poverty has declined by more than half from 1.9 billion to 836 million.
- The number of underfed people has been almost cut in half from 23.3% to 12.9%
- Primary school enrollment has risen to 91% from 83%.
- Sub-Saharan Africa achieved a 20% increase in primary school enrollment from 2000 to 2015.
- The number of primary school aged children who were out of school dropped from 100 million to 57 million over the past 15 years.
- The literacy rate of those between 15 and 24 years old has risen from 83% to 91%.
- The proportion of girls in school in Southern Asia has risen from 74 girls for every 100 boys to 103 girls for every 100 boys
- Women now make up 41% of paid non-agricultural employments, an increase from 35%
- The under-five mortality rate dropped from 90 to 43 deaths per 1,000 live births and the number of under-five deaths dropped from 12.7 million to almost 6 million despite the boom in global population
- The number of globally reported measles cases declined by 67% since 2000 and measles vaccinations helped prevent nearly 15.6 million deaths
- Maternal mortality declined by almost half
- New infections of HIV decreased by approximately 40% since 2000
- The use of Antiretroviral therapy by AIDS patients increased from 800,000 in 2003 to 13.6 million which has averted 7.6 million deaths between 1995 and 2003
- Over 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted since 2000
- The tuberculosis mortality rate fell by 45% saving an estimated 37 million lives
- Official development assistance from developed countries increased by 66% in real terms since 2000 and 5 countries (Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, and the UK) exceeded the 0.7% Gross National Income UN assistance target
- Internet usage is up from 6% in 2000 to 43% in 2015 connecting 3.2 billion people worldwide