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......


  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....

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

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

  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.

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