Health

  • Every year, 6 million children die from malnutrition before their fifth birthday (“Fast facts: the faces of poverty”)
  • Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria-more than one million child deaths a year (“Fast facts: the faces of poverty”)
  • Every minute, one woman dies during pregnancy and birth because she did not receive adequate care and prompt treatment
  • Every day HIV/AIDS kills 6,000 people and another 8,200 people are infected with this deadly disease (“fast facts: the faces of poverty”)
  • Children (under 15) and young people (aged 15-24) accounted for half of all new HIV infections
  • In 2006, an estimated 39.5 million people worldwide were living with HIV
  • 15.2 million children under the age of 18 have lost one or both parents to AIDS. About 12 million of these are in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Based on current trends, the number of children orphaned by AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa will exceed 18 million by 2010 (“fast facts: the faces of poverty”)