Yes, COVID is still a big problem worldwide (over 2.35 million people have now died from it) but there is a lot of GOOD NEWS when it comes to health around the world, and here’s some of it (to give thanks & praise to God for) —
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that between 2015 and 2019, global deaths from tuberculosis (TB) fell by 14 percent. TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide and the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent. Since 2000, TB treatment has averted more than 60 million deaths.
- For much of human history, malaria has been one of the leading causes of death. But according to the latest WHO report on the disease, malaria deaths have reached the lowest level ever recorded. An estimated 1.5 billion malaria cases and 7.6 million malaria deaths were averted globally since 2000.
- WHO announced that Africa is now free from wild poliovirus. Polio, which can cause irreversible paralysis and can be fatal if breathing muscles are affected, usually affects children under 5 years old. Two decades ago, thousands of African children were paralyzed annually by the disease. Africa’s last case of wild polio was recorded four years ago in northeast Nigeria.
- The 2020 Global Terrorism Index has found that deaths from terrorism fell for the fifth consecutive yearsince peaking in 2014. The number of deaths has now decreased by 59 percent since 2014 to 13,826. In 2020, 103 countries improved compared to 35 that deteriorated, the highest number of countries to record a year-on-year improvement since the inception of the index.
- The number of people without access to electricitydropped from almost 860 million in 2018 to 770 million in 2019, a record low in recent years. Access to electricity is key in preventing the world’s largest single environmental health risk: household air pollution, which is caused by the inefficient use of solid fuels and results in 4.3 million premature deaths each year—almost three times as many as die from AIDS.
- The number of people around the globe dying from AIDS has decreased by 5.4 percent in the last year, reaching the lowest level since 1993. As of the end of June 2020, 26.0 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy, and 85 percent of pregnant women living with HIV had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmission of HIV to their child. Cameron