Health Facts

Health Facts

Poverty affects children in a variety of ways, but one of the most dangerous symptoms of poverty is how it attacks their health. Learn the facts about health for children around the world and get a glimpse of just how devastating poverty can be. These health facts will give you a clear picture of one way that poverty is stealing the hope and even lives of children in need.

Poverty affects a child’s health in many ways. Learn the facts about health and issues like malnutrition, costly or unavailable immunizations, easily communicable diseases and many other symptoms of poverty. Once you understand just how deadly child poverty can be, you’ll begin to understand why we feel so passionately about fighting it.

The statistics and health facts like those relating to easily preventable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria are among the most heart wrenching because their solution is so obvious. Compassion is helping stop the spread of preventable disease in children around the world through simple things like immunizations and bed nets.

The facts about health are clear: one of the most effective ways to stop poverty from stealing the lives of children is to keep them healthy. Sign up today to sponsor a child and help provide them a healthy, disease-free life.

Health Facts
Health Facts Get the facts about the health challenges that impoverished children and their families are facing.
  • 91 percent of all malaria deaths currently occur in Africa and most of these deaths are among children under five years of age.
  • In 2010, malaria caused an estimated 655,000 deaths, mostly among African children.
  • Approximately 1 in every 5 child deaths (18 percent) in Africa is due to malaria.
  • Pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria are the main causes of death during the first five years of life, with malnutrition being a major factor.
  • Almost 19,000 children under 5 die every day from diseases that are preventable. Those killers include pneumonia, which contributes to 18 percent of deaths of children under 5, and diarrhea, which is responsible for 11 percent.
  • Under-5 deaths are increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. One in every nine children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before reaching the age of 5.
  • Children under five represent 90 percent of all deaths caused by diarrheal diseases.
  • Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide.
  • Pneumonia kills an estimated 1.4 million children under the age of five every year – more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • Pneumonia can be prevented by immunization, adequate nutrition and by addressing environmental factors.
  • Pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics, but only 30 percent of children with pneumonia receive the antibiotics they need.
  • In 2010, there were 139,300 measles deaths globally – nearly 380 deaths every day or 15 deaths every hour – mostly children under the age of five.
  • More than 95 percent of measles deaths occur in low-income countries with weak health infrastructures.
  • Measles vaccination resulted in a 74 percent drop in measles deaths between 2000 and 2010 worldwide.

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