Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Advances in Technology & well-being

In one of Mike Ault's latest post, he mentioned how his Dad is not doing well but with the help of technology, he should be fine with a pace maker. Thank goodness for technology coz if this has happened 50 years ago, there wouldn't be anything that could be done. This is so true of my daughter who was born 10 weeks premature. In my days, a baby born that early would have less than 10% chance of being healthy.

Well, yesterday in the local paper, they published a small tabular data matrix showing the expected healthy life expectency in the world (sourced from WHO) and it really brought home the fact that we are really, really lucky to be living not just in today's times but also in developed countries.

For example, in the WHO statistics (based on 2002 figures), if you are in a under-developed country (e.g. Zimbabwe, Zambia, Liberia, Afghanistan, etc), your healthy life expectancy is just under 35 years!

Isn't it sad? We do have the technologies but unfortunately we are not able or willing enough to get the technologies to areas where it is needed. Can more be done? Obsolutely! There are a lot of charitable organizations who are seeking to make a difference, your Red Cross, World Vision, etc. Take a moment to consider donating the cost of your morning coffee to these organizations and help the less fortunate.

4 comments:

Pete_S said...

Well said - global povety is the shame of Western World - this year there is a global challenge for difference to be made to third-world debt and trade injustice - we all can help - tell your politicians that something must be done and now!

Neonatal medicine is wonderful, both my kids where 7 weeks early and now they are healthy teenagers

Bill S. said...

Yes, but alot of the distributed "wealth" is sitting in corporate coffers. Major companies are so busy looking after the bottom line that they aren't looking after the important stuff - like how their product (and everything that goes into making it) impacts the world at large. Seems like we are in a "make it cheaper-faster so we can make more profit-with less workers" phase of industry. Helps no-one but the top dogs, hurts everybody else. It's hard to contribute to fighting world poverty when you are just barely getting by yourself. ;-)

Peter K said...

Bill,
Yes. Agreed that a lot of the wealth is sitting with corporations but if the employees and managers at those corporation strongly believes in charities, then the corporate culture would be one of giving and assisting.

I think in the 80's, the popular culture was "Greed...what's for me?" as is so evident by that Michael Douglas' movie, "Wall Street" but that's changing and has been changing. I am involved in various volunteer organizations and I can tell you that ROI is far more than what I put in not to mention the satisfaction of being able to help the less fortunate. You don't even have to donate in a monetary sense but of your time.

Pete_S,
My daughter is now a healthy 3 months old and is over 3 times her birth weight of 2lb 14oz. The amount of support from the Neonatal specialists and the volunteers were just overwhelming.

Tarry said...

Pretty much sad indeed, Pete. The world is what you make of it. And it's saddening to see what we've made of it.

It's gut wrenching and I know for sure in the very near future I'll be somewhere there and doing what I ought to be doing.

We all have just SO GOTTA start feeling.something.anything. Guess Bill knows what I'm talking about.:)