Essay about The Issue Of Child Poverty

1041 Words Oct 6th, 2015 5 Pages
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 in Africa. Over half of the people in Africa live on less that one dollar a day(Atinmo et al. 2). The huge number of deaths among children in Africa is a tragedy that is a result of the extreme poverty in Africa, and is something that will continue to increase until something is done to stop it. Poverty among families in more rural areas of Africa is something that is often overlooked, but is a very serious issue. 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…

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