Who would have thought that – with self-driving cars and Mars colonization on the horizon – the world would still be suffering from poverty and famine? As of mid-2020, there were nearly 690 million people living under the extreme poverty line, i.e. for less than $1.90 per day.
In the last 30 years, NGOs and international organizations have done tremendous work on eradicating poverty worldwide. In 2018, the World Bank reported that over 1.1 billion people have been pulled out of extreme poverty since the year 1990.
Schistosomiasis. A weird disease with a long name that kills almost 600 people each day.1 It spreads through unclean water and affects predominately the most vulnerable victims – children. But there are good news – we have the tools to get rid of it. Treating one person costs less than a bottle of clean water in the United Kingdom. In public health, that’s as good of a deal as it gets. And there are opportunities for you to help with as little effort as a few clicks.
Every child, irrespective of their economic situation, deserves a good education. Unfortunately, the reality looks quite different – over 175 million children globally are not enrolled in pre-primary education, with only 1 in 5 children being in school in low-income countries.
In our previous articles, we explained how factors like malnutrition, lack of education, and poor healthcare are keeping millions of families trapped under the extreme poverty line of $1.90 a day. Luckily, there are many organizations and joint international efforts that are working towards eradicating poverty from the face of the Earth.
Gideon, a 10-year old boy from Amagunze, Nigeria, one day went to the toilet for a morning pee, only to discover that his urine turned blood red. He didn’t tell his mom or teachers for a whole week... Finally, one afternoon at school Gideon mustered his courage and went to his teacher while all the other children were outside. “I’m scared, my pee is red”.
Can you imagine what it feels like to live in extreme poverty? 90% of us don’t have to think about it. While you’re considering the next pair of shoes you’re going to buy, people living in extreme poverty think about the next meal they’re going to eat or if they’re going to eat at all.
Did you know that the US alone could end global poverty? According to Jeffrey Sachs, one of the leading economic experts on the fight against poverty, it would cost $175 billion per year for 20 years to end poverty. This amounts to just one-fourth of the US military army’s annual budget.