News in Numbers


At the current rate of progress, it will take 131 years to reach full gender parity, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2023. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, on 8 March, is 'Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress'.


Measles cases went up 255% from 2022 to 2023 in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region, according to a new report.


More than 55 million people have dementia around the world, with 60% living in low and middle-income countries. The 2024 edition of Brain Awareness Week will take place on 11-17 March.


According to GlobalData analysis, the surgical robotics market was worth $8.6bn in 2022 and is projected to reach $10bn globally by the end of 2024.


The Australian Government is providing a grant of A$50m ($33m) to the Artificial Heart Frontiers Program (AHFP), an initiative involving five universities, three clinical groups, and medical device company BiVACOR. The programme hopes to create an advanced ‘Total Artificial Heart’ by integrating several cutting-edge cardiac technologies.