STATISTICS ON POVERTY
August 10, 2009
What is Poverty?
Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack of shelter. Poverty is being sick and not being able to see a doctor. Poverty is not having access to school and not knowing how to read. Poverty is not having a job, is fear for the future, living one day at a time. Poverty is losing a child to illness brought about by unclean water. Poverty is powerlessness, lack of representation and freedom.
Statistics on Poverty
- More than 1.5 billion people around the world live on less than a $1 a day.
- Every year six million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday.
- More than 50 percent of Africans suffer from water-related diseases such as cholera and infant diarrhea.
- More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every day, 300 million are children.
- Of these 300 million children, only eight percent are victims of famine or other emergency situations. More than 90 percent are suffering long-term malnourishment and micronutrient deficiency.
- Every 3.8 seconds someone dies of hunger in the world, 75 percent of those are children.
- Four out of every ten people in the world don’t have access even to a simple latrine.
- Declining soil fertility, land degradation has led to a 23 percent decrease in food production per capita in the last 25 years even though population has increased dramatically.
- A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy. This compares with a 1 in 3,700 risk for a woman from North America.
Solution for Poverty
- Generating more employment;
- Raising the level of minimum education;
- Making the social leaders aware of the possibility of removing it.
- Presenting the government concrete programmes of prosperity.
- Drawing upon the resources of every social institution like Chamber of Commerce, university, research institutions, government, voluntary organization, U.N., U.N. agencies, press, etc.
- Educating the public opinion that poverty is not inevitable.
- Increase access to safe water
- Give poor farmers a fighting chance
- Provide the poor with loans that empower them to succeed.