11 Facts about Global Poverty

We always talk about fighting poverty. Hundreds of non-profit organizations have committed themselves to taking on this battle to help make the world a better place and millions of people do community service each day to help with this cause. However, we still have a tremendous amount of work left to do to fight global poverty. Here are 11 facts about Global Poverty that elicit this.

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  1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, that’s less than $1.25 a day.
  2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
  3. More than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children. Because unclean water yields illness, roughly 443 million school days are missed every year.
  4. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
  5. 870 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
  6. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
  7. As of 2011, 19 million children worldwide are not vaccinated.
  8. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
  9. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
  10. It would cost approximately $40 billion annually to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health for women, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country.
  11. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

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2 thoughts on “11 Facts about Global Poverty

  1. It truly is sad. Yet feeling sorrow over it will not be enough. I found a great Freakonomics Radio edition regarding the topic “How do we fight global poverty”, called “Pontiff-ication on the Free Market”. It’s really interesting to hear economist Jeff Sachs remarks. Highly recommend it.

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