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50 Statistics That Made 2018 A Great Year

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Bethany Hearn Looks Back At A Positive Year Of Unexpected Human Achievements.

2018 was a landmark year, both politically and socially. Now we are well into 2019, and we are being constantly bombarded with negative news stories about natural tragedies and parliamentary crises, we thought it was time to look at some of the human achievements of the past year. Below we have listed 50 great statistics that emerged from 2018, and it really is impressive how much we achieved. A positive world starts with a positive mind, by Bethany Hearn.

1. 44%– the number of new HIV infections in South Africa has dropped by 44% since the last major study in 2012. The significant decline in the country, which has the worlds largest population of people living with HIV, confounded expectations. It emerged from a survey by South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council.

2.      $228 bn– is now invested in ‘impact’ globally – double the previous year – according to the Global Impact Investing Network. The estimated figure, which is equivalent to 174bn pounds, represents investments made into companies, funds and organisations that intend to make a positive social and environmental impact alongside generating a financial return.

3.        75%- of Americans believe that Immigration is good for the country, shows a poll by US organisation Gallup. Only 29% of the 1,500 people interviewed said they believed that immigration should be reduced, the lowest proportion to hold this view since 1965.

4.         5.2 million – Scotland will offer free sanitary products to all students in a scheme to try to banish ‘perio