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ICROSS has been creating awareness in Europe with a series of presentations and lectures on the Rise of Poverty and the new challenges of women's rights in Health care. The presentations focused mostly on Sub Saharan Africa and the wide range of projects and campaigns implemented by ICROSS and our Partners. Together with our friends and supporters we continue to fight for the rights of women and children building a healthier future.
Seventy-five percent of the world’s poorest countries are located in Africa, including Zimbabwe, Liberia and Ethiopia. For the past two years, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s second largest country, has also been ranked the poorest in the world with a Gross Domestic Product (based on purchasing-power-parity) of $394.25 in 2013.
According to Gallup World, in 2013, the 10 countries with the highest proportion of residents living in extreme poverty were all in sub-Saharan Africa. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. According to the World Bank, those living on $1.25-a-day accounted for 48.5 percent of the population in that region in 2010.
Why Africa ?
The Lectures throughout April and May shared some of the trends and concerns that face International Health in the coming decade. Dr Michael Meegan, International Director of ICROSS shared some of the dynamics and patterns facing the poorest communities. Among key messages were ...
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