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On a dirt road in rural Angola a few years ago, I met a woman named Delfina Fernandes who had lost 10 children, out of 15; she had endured perhaps the greatest blow any parent can, and she had suffered it 10 times. Yet such child deaths are becoming far less common. Only about 4 percent of children worldwide now die by the age of 5.

What Works Best in Reducing Child Poverty: A Benefit or Work Strategy?

Indeed, children today in Mexico or Brazil are less likely to die by the age of 5 than American children were as recently as But in the s, it was 30, kids dying each day. Perhaps it seems Pollyannish or tasteless to trumpet progress at a time when there is so much butchery, misrule and threat hanging over us. But I cover the butchery and misrule every other day of the year, and I do this annual column about progress to try to place those tragedies in perspective. One reason for this column is that journalism is supposed to inform people about the world, and it turns out that most Americans and citizens of other countries, too are spectacularly misinformed.

For example, nine out of 10 Americans say in polls that global poverty is worsening or staying the same, when in fact the most important trend in the world is arguably a huge reduction in poverty. In fact, 86 percent of all 1-year-olds have been vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. I suspect that this misperception reflects in part how we in journalism cover news.

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