In this year awash with negative economic news, it is worth noting that there are positive international developments worth celebrating. In addition to recent U.S.-Soviet talks we can take encouragement from the UNICEF report. It makes the following points:
--Ten years ago fewer than 5% of the developing world's children were vaccinated against disease. If present trends continue, more than 70% of these children will be immunized against main vaccine preventable disease by 1990.
--More than 1 million children have been saved by the spreading use of oral-dehydration therapy (a low-cost formula of boiled water, salts and glucose).
--Child mortality even when food was available has been halted by simply teaching growth monitoring techniques.
--By emphasizing the benefits of breast-feeding, infant deaths have been reduced by reversing the trend toward the use of powdered formulas using unpurified water.