April 8, 2006

Read these facts on global hunger!

1. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
2. Every five seconds a child dies because he or she was hungry.
3. There are more than 800 million people around the world who know what it is like to go to bed hungry.
4. The world produces enough food to feed everyone but still these 800 million remain chronically hungry.
5. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are 198 million hungry people.
6. More than 2 million people are likely to be dependent on food aid in the Darfur region of western Sudan by next year.
7. Almost 10 million people are killed around the world each year by hunger and malnutrition. That is more than the total number of people who died in World War I.
8. One out of every three people in Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from hunger.
9. Almost a quarter of the world's hungry people live in Africa.
10. Good nutrition helps prolongs the life of HIV sufferers.
11. Africa has already lost more farmers to AIDS (7 million) than there are farmers in Europe and North America.
12. By 2020, HIV is expected to have killed 20% of southern Africa's farm workers.
13. HIV and hunger work together. Malnutrition accelerates the progress of HIV. HIV worsens malnutrition.
14. There are 11 million AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. Most never learnt how their parents grew or prepared food.
15. 10 pence a day is all it takes to feed a hungry child at school.
16. Hunger is inherited. Each year 17 million children are born underweight because their mothers are malnourished.
17. Providing pregnant mothers with nutritionally balanced food can reduce the likelihood of an underweight baby by 32%.
18. In the 1990s, global poverty dropped by 20% but the number of undernourished people around the world increased.

- the above data is adapted from medicalnewstoday.com -