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Reader offers statistics on poverty

In regards to your picture in the June 16 Opinion Section of a child holding an empty cup labeled Poverty these statistics, taken from the Internet website: www.dosomething.org/actnow/.../speak loudly

1) Nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion people live in extreme poverty; that’s less than $1.25 a day.

2) One 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) About 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) One quarter of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.

9) Eighty percent of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.

10) In 1998, the United Nations estimated that it would take $40 billion annually to offer basic education, clean water and sanitation, reproductive health, and basic health and nutrition to every person in every developing country. That would be about $58 billion today.

11) The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the No. 1 cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

James J. Lechowicz

Schenectady

 

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