Africa Beyond the World Cup
Africa is making progress in several areas despite the recent hunger crisis, worldwide economic downturn, and other setbacks. Here’s a sample of the good news:
Countries that dedicated additional resources to agriculture—at least 10 percent of their budgets—are making gains against hunger. Between 1995 and 2005, Ethiopia reduced its proportion of hungry people from 63 percent to 46 percent and Malawi from 45 percent to 29 percent.
Now, 3 million Africans with HIV have access to life-saving antiretroviral medications, up from just 100,000 in 2003.
Nearly 75 percent of Africa’s children are now enrolled in school, up from 58 percent in 1999. Benin, Madagascar, and Zambia are on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.