02 September, 2010

Over 24,000 children die every day around the world.

That is equivalent to:

•1 child dying every 3.6 seconds
•16-17 children dying every minute
•A 2010 Haiti earthquake occurring almost every 9-10 days
•A 2004 Asian Tsunami occurring almost every 10 days
•An Iraq-scale death toll every 16–40 days
•Just under 9 million children dying every year
•Some 79 million children dying between 2000 and 2007

Can you handle more??
•2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
•1 billion children are deprived of one or more services essential to survival and development
•148 million under 5s in developing regions are underweight for their age
•101 million children are not attending primary school, with more girls than boys missing out
•22 million infants are not protected from diseases by routine immunization
•8.8 million children worldwide died before their 5th birthday in 2008
•4 million newborns worldwide are dying in the first month of life
•2 million children under 15 are living with HIV
•>500,000 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

The wealth and good will of Christians alone could end a large portion of this needless pain and suffering. The fact that we are no where near reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 says to me that people are more interested in God's 'other' priority areas. I wonder what they are?


1 comment:

George Alex said...

From what causes are all these deaths?