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  1. Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
  2. 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
  3. 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.
  4. More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
  5. In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.

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  1. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
  2. As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
  3. 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
  4. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
  5. Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty--that's less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
  6. The World Food Programme says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.


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    United Nations Development Programme. "Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience." Human Development Report, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.

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    United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME). "UNICEF: Committing to Child Survival: A promise renewed." UNICEF, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.

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    FAO, IFAD and WFP. "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014. Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition." Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.

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    World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). "Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2014 Update." 2014. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.

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    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). "IMPROVING CHILD NUTRITION: The achievable imperative for global progress." United Nations Children’s Fund. 2013. Web Accessed February 25, 2015.

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    United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) . "Pneumonia and diarrhoea Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children." Web accessed February 25, 2014,

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    UNICEF and WHO. "Immunization Summary: A statistical reference containing data through 2013." 10 November 2014. Web Accessed 25 February 2015.

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    United Nations. "The Millennium Development Goals Report 2007." United Nations, 2007. Web Accessed April 29, 2014.

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    Ravallion, Martin, Shaohua Chen, and Prem Sangraula. Dollar a Day Revisited. Working paper no. 4620. The World Bank, May 2008. Web Accessed February 25, 2014.

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    Oxfam. "The cost of inequality: how wealth and income extremes hurt us all." Oxfam, 2013. Web Accessed May 6, 2014.

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    World Food Programme. "What causes hunger?" Food Programme Fighting Hunger Worldwide, 2010. Web Accessed February 22, 2014.

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    UNAIDS. "Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic." UNAIDS, 2010. Web Accessed May 1, 2015.

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