Poverty – for many of us it’s just something we read about or hear on the news from time to time. We may take a moment to think about those in need – but too quickly we move on to our comfortable life.
Take a moment to reflect on these stats on poverty. – But remember behind these stats are faces of REAL people!
9 important stats on poverty
- Worldwide 600 million children are living in extreme poverty.
- The cost of eradicating world poverty is estimated at 1 percent of global income.
- Almost half the world — over 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
- The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
- 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.6.9 million children under five years of age died in 2011, nearly 800 every hour.
- The highest rates of child mortality are still in sub-Saharan Africa – where 1 in 9 children dies before age 5.The number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 6.9 million in 2011. Nearly 19,000 children under five died every day in 2011.
- Globally, the four major killers of children under age 5 are pneumonia (18 percent), diarrhea diseases (15 percent), pre-term birth complications (12 percent) and birth asphyxia (9 percent).58 percent of deaths in children under age five are caused by infectious diseases.
- In 1981, 52 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty (defined as living on $1.25 or less a day.) Data from the World Bank released in February 2012 estimates that 22 percent of people live in extreme poverty.Country with highest number of under five deaths: India.
- Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.