Thursday, March 14, 2013

Forget "Pope Bono U2": doing just fine with ONE

"The biggest disease of all is not a disease, it's corruption.  But there's a vaccine for that too, it's called transparency....Daylight, you can call it."

From his TED Talk:
By becoming a “factivist,” we can learn what needs to be done to end extreme poverty within the next generation. And the facts are beyond promising. Since 2000: 
  • Eight million AIDS patients have been receiving retroviral drugs
  • Malaria deaths have been cut in some countries by by 75%
  • Child mortality rate of kids under 5 is down by 2.65 million deaths a year
  • Extreme poverty declined from 43% in 1990 to 33% in 2000 to 21% by 2010.
Extreme poverty has been cut in half in the last 20 years, and the facts show that we can get it to virtually zero within a generation — but only if we act.  
“Let’s think about that,” he says. “Have you read anything, anywhere in the last week that is as remotely as important as that number? It’s great news, and it drives me nuts most people don’t know this.”  
“If you live on less than $1.25 a day, this is not just data. This is everything. If you’re a parent who wants the best for your kids, and I am, this rapid transition is a route out of despair and into hope.”

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