In the last two days, two success stories have been announced in the battle against two major global health challenges -- maternal mortality and polio rates have both declined sharply.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt visited Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday to highlight the issue of displaced persons. From 1992 to 1995, over 2.2 million people were forced out of their homes in the area, the largest displacement since World War II. Roughly 120,000 remain displaced.
According to UNHCR:
The U.S. Congress passed a historic health care bill last night, hopefully ending the plight of the uninsured in the United States. That number now includes over 30 million people but, over the next couple of years, should shrink to zero. What about health care everywhere else?
The news is both bad and good, as presented in this comprehensive 2008 World Health Organization report (PDF).