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Child Poverty 

Facts About Poverty

Learn the facts about poverty and how it affects children and their families.

•   Children under age 18 make up nearly 48% of the population of the world’s least developed countries, compared with 21% of the population of the world’s industrialized.



•   More than 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and modern forms of energy.



•   Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line (U.S. $1.25 per day).



•   Every day 1,500 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth that could have been prevented.  Each day 10,000 newborns die within a month of birth, and daily the same number of babies are also born dead.



•   Annual world economy breaks down like this:

  • 1.Low Income, $935 or less: 37%

  • 2.Low Middle Income, $936 to $3,705: 38%

  • 3.Upper Middle Income, $3,706 to $11,455: 9%

  • 4.High Income, $11,456 or more: 16%



•   In developing countries, approximately 130 million children and teens - age 17 or under - have lost one or both parents.



•   More than 9 million children under age 5 die each year.  Two-thirds of these deaths - more than 6 million every year - are preventable.



•   Approximately one-third of the world’s poor people live in India.

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