Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Cure for What Ails You

A special concoction for whatever ails you- Sobering statistics.

Did you know:

  • Almost 1,200 children become newly infected with HIV each day. Most live in sub-Saharan Africa. World Health Organization
  • 33.4 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2008, the vast majority were in low- and middle-income countries. World Health Organization.
  • The average life expectancy for men in Nigeria is 45 and women 46.
  • Every week, 31,000 children in low-income countries die from diarrheal diseases – approximately 4,500 deaths every single day. Institute for OneWorld Health
  • Approximately two million girls and women are estimated to be living with obstetric fistula worldwide. - EngenderHealth
  • Malaria causes 300 - 500 million acute illnesses and over 1 million deaths annually. 90% of deaths due to malaria occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 40% of the world's population (mostly those living in the world's poorest countries) are susceptible to malaria. Malaria is endemic in nearly 100 countries worldwide and notably so in 28 countries on the African continent. Institute for OneWorld Health
  • The U.S.A. has the largest and most technologically powerful economy in the world, with a per capita GDP of $46,900 GDP of $14.44 trillion (2008 est.) Population: 307,212,123. CIA World Fact Book
  • The year ending 2004 the U.S.A. devoted less than 1% of the federal budget to development assistance, which amounts to $92 a year, or 25¢ a day, for each American. This is less than half of what the average American spends on carbonated soft drinks every year—$224. - Center For Global Development
  • The U.S.A. ranks 17 out of 22 of the world’s richest countries. For the “richest” country in the world this is a very low get to give ratio. - Center For Global Development
  • The world's poorest countries pay almost $100 million every day to the rich world. The poorest 49 countries have debts totaling $375 billion, while the poorest 144 countries totals over $2.9 trillion. - Jubilee Debt Campaign
  • Diarrheal diseases are prevalent in developing countries in conditions of poor environmental sanitation, inadequate water supplies, poverty and limited education. In children under the age of 5, an estimated 4 billion acute cases of diarrhea occur each year, resulting in 2 million deaths. - Institute for OneWorld Health
  • Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infection (STH) infection causes significant morbidity worldwide with 39 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost each year - more than those lost to malaria (36 million yearly) and approaching those lost to tuberculosis (47 million yearly). Hookworm infection alone causes the loss of 22 million DALYs. - Institute for OneWorld Health
  • Life expectancy at birth in Swaziland is 32 years of age. - CIA World Fact Book
  • The average School Life Expectancy (SLE) of both males and females in South Africa is 13 years of age. The SLE is the total number of years of schooling (primary to tertiary) that a child can expect to receive. - CIA World Fact Book
  • In South Africa there are 1.19538 rapes per 1,000 people on average. - Nation Master
  • 5.7 million (2007 est.) are living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. - CIA World Fact Book
  • Every minute, at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth – that means 529,000 women a year. In addition, for every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease – approximately 10 million women each year. Five direct complications account for more than 70% of maternal deaths: haemorrhage (25%), infection (15%), unsafe abortion (13%), eclampsia (very high blood pressure leading to seizures – 12%), and obstructed labour (8%). While these are the main causes of maternal death, unavailable, inaccessible, unaffordable, or poor quality care is fundamentally responsible. They are detrimental to social development and wellbeing, as some one million children are left motherless each year. These children are 10 times more likely to die within two years of their mothers' death. - World Health Organization

Feeling better? The good news is that there are hundreds of thousands of compassionate people and organizations who work tirelessly to make the world a healthier, safer and better place through projects and programs of education and resource building. To go beyond the statistic, visit any of the above organization's links or:

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