Child Poverty In Africa

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The Issue of Child Poverty in Africa According to the World Health Organization’s report on child health 6.3 million children under the age of 5 died in 2013. Of those 6.9 million, 2.9 million were from Africa. The Report also said 2/3 of these deaths are attributable to preventable disease, and that 1/3 of the babies died within the first 28 weeks after birth (“Child Health”). There is what seems like an endless number of statistics, and almost all of them display the horrifying reality of the poor quality of life that millions of children in Africa are faced with. Malnutrition and disease are both attributable to the huge number of child deaths in Africa. However, the root problem for these issues is often the extreme poverty that exists …show more content…
Although it is not directly responsible for the large number of child deaths, it is directly related to the problems that are responsible for their deaths. Over half of the world lives on less than 2 dollars and fifty cents a day. 75 percent of the worlds poorest countries are in Africa (“10 Poverty in Africa Facts”). Poverty for these people is a much more extreme issue than it is in the United States. These people do not have money to pay for food so they rely on natural resources to supply food. Also, the people in these rural areas of Africa are more often than not unable to afford the proper medication that is required to treat the diseases that are common in these areas. Even though the issue of extreme poverty in Africa does not a direct cause of many of the child deaths in Africa, it gives way to many the issues that are directly responsible for these …show more content…
According to the World Food Program, in the sub saharan regions of Africa roughly 1in 4 people is undernourished, which is the highest population percentage of starving people in the world. It also says that poor nutrition causes about 45 percent of deaths in children under 5 each year (“Hunger Statistics”). Because of the extreme poverty in this area of Africa, there is little these people can do to provide food for their families. They do not have to money to go and buy food, and the natural resources for food are often scarce. They also cannot afford or often do not have access to clean water, so they have to use unclean water which often carries diseases. They are living on a very small amount of food, and disease ridden water. This is even more of a problem for the children in Africa. Because a child’s body is still growing in developing, they require more nutrients for their bodies to grow and develop properly. Since so many of these children do not come close to receiving the amount of nutrients that they need to be healthy, they often cannot survive past the age of 5 (“Hunger Statistics”). The relationship between poverty and hunger in Africa is a never-ending cycle. Because a family is affected by poverty and cannot afford food, their bodies become weaker until they are incapable of working. Because they’re bodies are weak from hunger and cannot work, they have no way

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