Dr. Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities dedicated to the welfare and wellbeing of others. Today he looks at some facts and figures related to world poverty.
The Hunger Project’s website is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn about the global poverty situation. The site offers up news and headlines about the topic, and features a “knowledge center,” where all sorts of relevant data is displayed and discussed.
People often ask what they can do to alleviate world hunger. A good start is to become informed of the facts and statistics. Only then can we begin to understand how pervasive the hunger epidemic really is.
One of the most intriguing parts of The Hunger Project website, from a physician’s point of view anyway, is the listing of statistical data regarding world hunger. Here are just a few of the highlights, each one as informative as the next.
- Of the seven billion (7,000,000,000) people in the world, about one in nine do not have enough food to eat.
- The most impoverished parts of the globe are Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, which account for 776 million starving people.
- Six children die every minute from hunger-related diseases.
- Every day, 22,000 children die from conditions associated with poverty.
- 75 percent of the globe’s most impoverished people reside in farming communities.
It never hurts to educate ourselves about world poverty. That way, we’ll be better equipped to discuss the topic and educate others. We’ll also be able to effectively advocate on behalf of the world’s less fortunate people, wherever they live, and whatever their age might be.
Spend some time at The Hunger Project’s fascinating website and you’ll be doing yourself, and others, a favor.
Yours in health,