Report: Poverty around the world is decreasing

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THE battle against global poverty is being won but most Australians do not realise it.

The proportion of the world's people living on less than $US1 a day has dropped from 21.4 per cent to 17.3 per cent since 2000 and the number surviving on that income has fallen by 132 million since 1990, says a report by Australia's biggest overseas aid agency, World Vision.

As the number of people living in abject poverty has fallen, child mortality has dropped, the number of children completing primary school has risen and more people have access to sanitation.

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