Monday, August 15, 2011

Lest we forget

I just wanted to share a few facts that I was beginning to forget in the relatively comfortable academic setting of Ludhiana. These have been gleaned mainly from data published by the UN, World Bank and WHO.
  • 30,000 people die of hunger or hunger-related causes every day. About 16,000 children die of starvation each day. That's one child every 5 seconds.
  • More than 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day and more than 2 billion live on less than $2 a day.
  • According to the U.N., the majority of people in poverty are women, who globally earn roughly half as much as men.
  • Food prices have risen 83 percent since 2005, disproportionately affecting those in poverty who spend a higher percentage of their income on food.
  • Approximately 9.2 million children under the age of 5 die each year, mostly from preventable diseases. That's approximately 25,000 children each day.
  • 2.5 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.
  • Women in developing countries travel an average of almost four miles each day to collect water.
  • 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.
  • In 2005, a conservative estimate stated that 72 million children around the world of elementary school age were not enrolled in school a figure equivalent to the entire primary school-aged population in Europe and North America.
  • There are about 13 million orphans worldwide
  • Nearly 11,500 people die every day from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Nearly two-thirds of these people are living in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the past hour
  • 1625 children were forced to live on the streets
  • 115 children became prostitutes
  • 257 children were orphaned because of HIV/AIDS
And to conclude - 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. Basically there seems to be a lot of unshared wealth around..... Something to think about......

4 comments:

  1. And you and me are part of the "privileged class" of the upper strata! Keeping sensitivities to these facts in the midst of all the "urgent" and "routines" of life....

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  2. You said what I did not have the courage to say... Thanks!

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  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this info..
    let's all make this world a better place to 'live'

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  4. Thank you SO much for sharing this information with me.
    It really motivated me to donate and learn to 'give' rather than 'take'.
    And, yes, I totally agree with what Santosh said.

    Please check out my post on IndiVine & promote it if you like it-

    The Tablet Revolutionary

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