‘Fighting polio’ tops Bill Gates’ list of good news in 2013

Sydney, Dec. 27: With so many year-end lists ranking things that hit the headlines in 2013, philanthropist Bill Gates has a completely different list of good news in this year.

Gates saw the world improving in 2013 with the most significant advancement in controlling polio, as he noted that an outbreak in the Horn of Africa was controlled in four months while India hadn’t reported a single case in nearly three years.

According to news.com.au, Gates further noted that child mortality rate went down as half as many children died in 2012 as in 1990.

Worldwide poverty rate went down by half since 1990 and the biggest factor in reducing poverty over the past few decades has been economic growth.

Other good news, which people missed include rich countries recommitted to saving lives and launch of the Global Burden of Disease website that helps people understand the impact of disease in different countries. (ANI)