What is Extreme Poverty?

If you had the chance to save the life of a child, would you do it? Most of us would do so without a moment's hesitation. If we saw a small girl drowning in a pond in front of us, we would do everything possible to save this child's life. Most of us, too, would readily agree that any inconvenience this action would pose to us would matter far less than the value we place on the life of the drowning child.

What many of us don't realize, however, is that we each have the opportunity to save the life of a human being every day. In fact, each day we have 18,000 opportunities to do so.

CME —UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, estimates that about 18,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from preventable causes associated with extreme poverty. This is 750 children an hour —or 12.5 children a minute. These causes of death include insufficient nutrition, lack of access to clean water, inadequate health care services, malaria, dysentery, and neonatal infection. These are diseases and health problems that are essentially non-existent in the developed world thanks to countless advances. And yet despite these improvements, several billion people continue to live and die in poverty, struggling daily with its dire effects.

What Can I Do About It?

Each day presents us with countless ways to save a life. Just as we would help the small girl in the pond, each of us can make decisions of significant moral importance without sacrificing anything of remotely comparable value. Learn more about how you can make a difference today.

** Taken with permission from The Life You Can Save

 

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