Humans are getting healthier. Over the past 200 years, child mortality has dropped from 43% to 4.3%!

With increasing wealth, people’s living conditions improved and  they ate healthier diets which increased heath.  With Pasteur’s discovery of the germs causing  infectious disease, people improved their sanitary practices, got vaccinated and used antibiotics to ward off infetious disease.


Max Roser (2018) – “The short history of global living conditions and why it matters that we know it”. Published online at Retrieved from: ‘’ [Online Resource]