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Are We Winning the Fight Against Preventable Disease?

BY RELEVANT CURRENT / GLOBAL / ISSUE 01 May 10, 2011

Malaria, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, tubercu- losis—such frightening diseases are a harsh reality for millions around the world. But they can be stopped, and it can be done in our life- time. These numbers from the Living Proof Project show the progress being made for global health—and how far we still have to go.

The Good News
  1. In the past nine years, vaccination efforts have decreased measles deaths by more than 74 percent.
  2. Thanks to bed nets, insecticides and treatment services, Zambia has cut malaria cases in half.
  3. The total number of child deaths declined from 12.5 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008.
  4. The total number of child deaths declined from 12.5 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008.
The Bad News
  1. Up to 70 percent of newborn deaths could be prevented through inexpensive medical means.
  2. More than 2 billion people are infected with parasitic worms (helminths).
  3. Pneumonia still causes more than 2 million infant and child deaths each year.
  4. 21 percent of children don’t have access to needed vaccines.

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