Tuesday, January 11, 2005

remember africa . . .

Romilly Greenhill, policy officer for ActionAid, said deaths as a result of poverty and preventable diseases in Africa amounted to the equivalent of the tsunami death toll every week.

Africa is the only continent to have grown poorer in the past 25 years.

It is the continent with the largest number of people living on less than a dollar a day - 49% of the total population. [in Mali, that number is somewhere around 70% of the population living on less than $1 a day!]

One African in three is undernourished.

Twenty-eight million people in Africa are now affected by HIV/Aids.

There are 11 million orphans in Africa as a result of Aids.

Africa also accounts for 90% of global deaths from malaria, and a woman in Africa is over 100 times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than a woman in a developed country.

(from the BBC)

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