According to my friend, advocate for children and the executive producer of 58: The Film, Dr. Scott Todd, there is some exciting news: http://www.live58.org/ http://www.amazon.com/Fast-Living-Church-Extreme-Poverty/dp/1936899000/
In the past 8 years, the number of kids dying from measles has declined by 78 percent because we are completing the work of immunizing every child.
22 countries have cut their malaria rate in half in only six years. They did it with insecticide-treated bed nets, access to better medicines, and spraying to kill mosquitoes.
Globally, malaria infections have decreased by nineteen million per year and malaria deaths have dropped by 140,000 per year between 2005 and 2009.
We used to say that 40,000 children die each day from preventable causes. In the 1990’s, that number dropped to 33,000 per day. By 2008, it dropped further to 24,000.
The number of children dying before their 5th birthday has been cut in half and we did it in a generation using a wide range of practical strategies, from creating access to clean water to training skilled birth attendants.
Every day there are 19,000 fewer children dying of preventable causes—every day!—despite the fact that the total number of births is increasing.
1/3 of the children who were uneducated because of poverty can now go to school. Literacy rates are climbing. Those gains were made in less than ten years.
The spread of HIV has been curbed. New HIV infections have been cut 16 percent globally.
Until 200 years ago, every nation on earth had an average life expectancy of about thirty years.
Today, many countries have a life expectancy of close to eighty years. We have more than doubled the average length of our lives. This is not only true in prosperous countries. Throughout the world, even Africa, the average life spans have nearly double what they were two hundred years ago.
The same trend is true for poverty. When we were living for only 30 years, over 90 percent of us were also living in extreme poverty(Living on $1.25 a day or less).
Poverty and short life go together.
Today there are about 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty. And that is good news. In 1981, 52 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. Today that number is 26 percent.
We have already cut the percentage of people living in extreme poverty in half! And we did it in one generation. And that is with only 9% of American Christians tithing.
Do you see our potential? Do you see our power? It is time to raise our expectations!
Scott C. Todd PhD exhorts us from his book Fast Living, “The question is not, ‘Can we end poverty?’ The question is, ‘How can we end poverty?’”
Mother Teresa in her book, No Greater Love says, “If our poor die of hunger, it is not because God does not care for them. Rather, it is because neither you nor I are generous enough.”
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