Overall, the human race is getting healthier. Thanks in part to commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, substantial progress has been made since 2000 towards reducing child and maternal mortality, increasing access to improved drinking-water sources, improving nutrition, and reducing morbidity and mortality due to HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria. However large differences remain within and between countries, and millions of people still die each year from diseases that could be prevented by simple remedies such as mosquito nets and antibiotics.


See also Food and water, Aid, Gender, Children and youth, and The global economy.