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20/05/2015 - ICROSS creating awareness in Europe

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 ...

  •     60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
  •     50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries lack proper maternal care, resulting in 240,000 maternal deaths annually from childbirth.
  •     1 out of 6 infants are born with a low birth weight in developing countries.
  •     Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year. That is 8,500      children per day.
  •     A third of all childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is caused by hunger.
  •     66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
  •     Every 10 seconds, a child dies from hunger-related diseases.
  •     Approximately one in three people living in sub-Saharan Africa are undernourished. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimated that 239 million people (around 30 percent of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry in 2010. This is the highest percentage of any region in the world. In addition, the U.N. Millennium Project reported that over 40 percent of all Africans are unable to regularly obtain sufficient food.
  •     In sub-Saharan Africa, 589 million people live without electricity. As a result, a staggering 80 percent of the population relies on biomass products such as wood, charcoal and dung in order to cook.
  •     Of the 738 million people globally who lack access to clean water, 37 percent are living in sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty in Africa results in over 500 million people suffering from waterborne diseases. According to the U.N. Millennium Project, more than 50 percent of Africans have a water-related illness like cholera.
  •     Every year, sub-Saharan Africa loses $28.4 billion to water and sanitation problems. This amount accounts for approximately five percent of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP)—exceeding the total amount of foreign aid sent to sub-Saharan Africa in 2003

 

  •     Thirty-eight percent of the world’s refugees are located in Africa. Due to continuing violence, conflict and widespread human rights abuses, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that 11 million people, including stateless people and returnees, exist in Africa.

 

  •     Fewer than 20 percent of African women have access to education. Uneducated African women are twice as likely to contract AIDS and 50 percent less likely to immunize their children. Meanwhile, the children of African women with at least five years of schooling have a 40 percent higher chance of survival.

 

  •     Women in sub-Saharan Africa are over 230 times more likely to die during childbirth or pregnancy than women in North America. Approximately one in 16 women living in sub-Saharan African will die during childbirth or pregnancy. Only one in 4,000 women in North America will.

 

  •     More than one million people, mostly children under the age of five, die every year from malaria. Malarial deaths in Africa alone account for 90 percent of all malaria deaths worldwide. Eighty percent of these victims are African children. The U.N. Millennium Project has calculated that a child in Africa dies from malaria every 30 seconds, or about 3,000 each day.



You can see more about what ICROSS is doing to fight poverty on Youtube


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxJUi_EG0yQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErkWkh-bSJE&index=12&list=PLbd71BXJFt6EzOClXnAoBc4vBs7bfnRHW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9bh-B_a_AY&list=PLbd71BXJFt6EzOClXnAoBc4vBs7bfnRHW&index=7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJqF0jbI3Fc&list=PLbd71BXJFt6EzOClXnAoBc4vBs7bfnRHW&index=2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1etdFAJViY&list=PLbd71BXJFt6EzOClXnAoBc4vBs7bfnRHW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NuvB5w4YWw
 

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