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At the Global Poverty Project’s Melbourne office last week, we were excited.

The Lancet had just released a paper announcing that the number of women dying each year in pregnancy or childbirth had dropped from 500,000 annually, to 343,000.[1] 

This was one more in a long list of significant achievements made by the global movement to end extreme poverty.
Around the lunch table, we got to talking about some of the other achievements the movement has made over the years, and some of our favourite videos on the topic.
It was a pretty inspiring list – so we thought we’d share them with you.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you our favourite success story videos, and celebrating the progress we’ve been making on the way to ending extreme poverty.
Part 1 in the series comes from our friends at the One Campaign – it’s called Celebrate, Accelerate.
With calls to Count Malaria Out this Sunday as part of World Malaria Day, I thought I’d look a little closer at the progress we’re making in this area.
I was particularly inspired by the results seen in Ethiopia. In 2003 only 5% of households in Ethiopia owned mosquito bed nets. Recognising this as an opportunity to improve national health, in 2004 the Ethiopian government set an ambitious target for all households in high-risk malaria areas to own at least two long-lasting mosquito nets by 2008.[2]
By March 2008 they had exceeded this target. With support from the Global Fund and other donors, 20.5 million bed nets were distributed, achieving 95% coverage in endemic areas. As a result, Ethiopia’s malaria cases dropped by 60%, and the number of children dying from malaria dropped 50% in just two years. [3]
With only 8 months left to meet the United Nation’s target of delivering effective and affordable protection and treatment to all people at risk of malaria, it’s important to remember how easy it is to make progress on our development goals. 
We’re pretty excited about the progress we’ve made. We hope you are too.
Stay tuned for the next installment in our success series next week.

[1] The Lancet -
[2] One Campaign -


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