Poverty Quick Facts
By Aisha Yousuf

July 5, 2007

• Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day.

• Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names

• Less than one per cent of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000 and yet it didn't happen.

• According to UNICEF, 30,000 children die each day due to poverty. That is about 210,000 children each week, or just under 11 million children under five years of age, each year.

Water problem affects half of humanity

• Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.

• Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 a day, with one in three living on less than $1 a day.

• More than 660 million people without sanitation live on less than $2 a day, and more than 385 million on less than $1 a day.

• The loss of 443 million school days each year from water-related illness.

• A mere 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and these 12 percent do not live in the Third World.


There 2.2 billion children in the world and 1 billion of these children are under poverty meaning every second child is under poverty.

For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are

o 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
o 400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
o 270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)
121 million children have access to education worldwide
Survival for children
o 10.6 million died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (same as children population in France, Germany, Greece and Italy)
o 1.4 million die each year from lack of access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation


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