The world still can’t save millions of children from dying before the age of five, but science has become so advanced that more than half of all babies born now in the world’s rich countries will live to be a 100 years old. Have we got our life priorities wrong?
The international aid agency, Save the Children, is trying to persuade people that a relatively small amount of money could radically reduce the numbers of children who die needlessly worldwide.
India is high on Save the Children’s list. It says that despite its rapid economic growth, the numbers of child mortality and child malnutrition in India remain shocking.
With four-hundred thousand children dying annually on the first day of their lives, India accounts for more than twenty per cent of global infant deaths.The ironic bit is that he world is getting older!
Below is a post that Emma wrote earlier about living to be a 100 years.
It’s probably not the first time you’ve heard this, but new research shows that more than half of all babies born now in the world’s rich countries will live to be a hundred years old. It’s a remarkable statistic – a testament to the huge improvements in public health and living standards made over recent decades. But is it all good news? Even in developed countries, older people can be subjected to age discrimination, live in poverty or in a vulnerable state of health, have a greater chance of developing dementia, and often have to deal with these problems all on their own…
And what about poorer countries? How well equipped are they to dealing with an older population?
Would you like to live to a hundred? What are the benefits of being old? Is it worth celebrating – perhaps even fun? Or are you worried about getting older? What kind of changes do you think your society needs to make to help older people to live more comfortable and happy lives?
Another thought to add here , in light of the Save The Children campaign, has science got its priorites wrong? Should we focus more on stopping some chilldren die before five than helping others live to be a hundred?