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It is already happening. Progress is being made. This is not a losing battle.

Our hats go off to the hundreds of organizations in the world who are involved in elimination world poverty in one way or the other.

For example, according to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals report (2008), over 400 million people in Asia have gained access to improved drinking water sources. Also, according to the 2007 report, infant mortality (Mortality rate of children under 5, per 100 live births) reduced from 185 to 166 between 1995 and 2005. That means that on average, 19 more children in every 1000 got to live past 5yrs old.

That said, there is still so much to be done. Take a look at these astonishing numbers in the last 10-15 years:

Take A look at the spending habits below (In Billions)

  • Ice cream in Europe – $11 billion
  • Cosmetics in the United States – $8 billion
  • Perfume industry in U.S – over $50 billion
  • Pet food sales in U.S – $14 billion in 2005
  • Entertainment in Japan – $35 billion
  • Cigarettes in Europe – $50 billion
  • Beer produced in U.S – over $45 billion

Now take a look at what is needed to virtually solve these issues :

  • Basic education for all – $6 billion
  • Water and sanitation for all – $9 billion
  • Reproductive health for women – $12 billion
  • Basic health and nutrition – $13 billion

According to the United Nations, the world has the necessary resources and skills to eradicate poverty totally in less than one generation (click here):

  • If only 10% of the combined population of the U.S, U.K, and Canada contributed $4 to fight against poverty, it means about $2 BILLION would be raised each year.
  • The odds that a woman will die from complication in childbirth in Sub-Saharan Africa is 1 in 16 over the course of her life as compared to 1 in 3800 in developed countries.
  • 1.6 billion people in the world have no access to drinking water.
  • In Africa , the continent that numbers 33 of the 49 poorest countries in the world, 28.1 million people are living with HIV and AIDS. Over the next ten years, 40 million African children will lose their parents as a result of AIDS.
  • About 824 million people go hungry or have a precarious food supply; 500 million of them suffer from chronic malnutrition.
  • An effective improvement in the situation of the 20 poorest countries would cost .5 billion –
    equivalent to the cost of building EuroDisney.
  • The developing countries have one doctor per 6,000 inhabitants, compared with one doctor for 350 inhabitants in the industrialized countries.

For our sources and more facts and stats on poverty visit:

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