* An estimated 30,000 children die each day due to poverty--That is 18 children a minute; a child ever 3 seconds. * 2.6 billion people around the world do not have access to adequate sanitation and about 885 million people do not have access to clean water. * Every day, 4100 children die each day from severe diarrhea - as a result of poor sanitation and hygiene. * Approximately 600 million children live in extreme poverty. * Nearly 11,700 people die every day from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Nearly two-thirds of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa. * 67.5 million children are out of school around the world, a figure equivalent to the entire primary school-aged population in Europe and North America. As a result to the Global Economic Recession, those living in extreme poverty have suffered the most. Recent increases in the price of food and oil have had a direct and adverse effect on communities that were struggling for survival even before the recession hit. The long-term effects of this recession are expected to potentially push millions more into extreme povery. Global poverty facts:
* $1 challenge. More than 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day and more than 2 billion live on less than $2 a day. * Check your assumptions. Americans believe that their government spends 24 percent of the federal budget on aid to poor countries, but the actual figure is less than 1 percent. * Daily disasters. HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria—all treatable diseases—claim the lives of over 8,000 people every day in Africa due to lack of access to health care. * The water walk. Women in developing countries travel an average of almost four miles each day to collect water. * The poor pay more. People living in the poorest slums can pay as much as ten times more for water than those in high-income areas of their own cities. * Gender disparity. According to the U.N., the majority of people in poverty are women, who globally earn roughly half as much as men. * Daily bread. Food prices have risen 83 percent since 2005, disproportionately affecting those in poverty who spend a higher percentage of their income on food. * No school for you. In 2005, a conservative estimate stated that 72 million children around the world of elementary school age were not enrolled in school. * The global wealth gap. The richest 20 percent of the world's population receives 75 percent of the world's income, while the poorest 40 percent receive only 5 percent of the world's income. * Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money. Absolute poverty or destitution refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education. Relative poverty is defined contextually as economic inequality in the location or society in which people live. * For much of history, poverty was considered largely unavoidable as traditional modes of production were insufficient to give an entire population a comfortable standard of living. After the industrial revolution, mass production in factories made wealth increasingly more inexpensive and accessible. Of more importance is the modernization of agriculture, such as fertilizers, in order to provide enough yield to feed the population. The supply of basic needs can be restricted by constraints on government services such as corruption, illicit capital flight, debt and loan conditionalities and by the brain drain of health care and educational professionals. Strategies of increasing income to make basic needs more affordable typically include welfare, economic freedom, and providing financial services. * Poverty reduction is a major goal and issue for many international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. The World Bank estimated 1.29 billion people were living in absolute poverty in 2008. Of these,...
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