Rotary Online Makeup Program

Meeting Date: 12 October 2012

Prepared By: George Firican


Debunking the myths about the "developing world"


Is there still a large gap between the rich and the poor? Is it better for a country to be wealthy first and then healthy? Does Sri Lanka have a higher child mortality rate than Turkey? You might be amazed of the correct answers to these questions.

In fact, even the most worldly and well-traveled people will have their perspective shifted by Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden's Karolinska Institute. His current work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world which, as he points out, is no longer worlds away from the West. In fact, most of the Third World is on the same trajectory toward health and prosperity as the West and many countries are moving twice as fast as the West did.
Rosling's presentation, which you can find in the video below, is grounded in solid statistics (drawn from United Nations data) and illustrated by powerful visualizations that makes you think "Wow! I've never seen data presented like this before."


Watch the video below to see how he can dispel some of the preconceived ideas we might have and discover how developing countries have changed since 70-30 years ago.

Hans Rosling: Stats that reshape your worldview. 20:35 minutes:

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