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.