Poverty Facts



There are 2.2 billion children under the age of 15 in the world.

Every second child is living in poverty, which equates to over 1 billion children.

In 2012 Malaria killed more than 1,200 children under 5 years of age every day.

In developing countries, more than one third of the children live on less than $1 a day.

Since 1990, 216 million children under the age of 5 have died across the globe.

780 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

100 million children around the world are homeless.

More than 120 million children are out of school because of poverty, discrimination or lack of resources.

1 in 5 people in the world are illiterate; two-thirds of them are women.

215 million of the world’s children aged 5 to 14 work. 53 per cent of them work in hazardous conditions.

Over 15 million children under the age of 15 have been orphaned by AIDS.

Each year 260,000 children are infected by HIV.

Approximately one third of the world's poor live in India.

Every day 1,500 women die from preventable complications in pregnancy or childbirth.


www.unicef.org, www.undp.org, www.worldbank.org, www.who.int, newint.org, www.freeworldacademy.com, www.un.org.

Updated June 2014