Asian countries, besides Japan perhaps, need to plan now. These countries have grown older before they have grown rich. Many parts of asia are quite poor and with the aging population, more and more elderly is experiencing poverty. I think that the governments of these countires should set up things like CPF so that the elderly would be able to retire comfortably. Their children should also take care of them instead of letting them live in poverty.
Living in poverty for any significant length of time increases all sorts of risk factors for health and mental health problems. There is more stress, worrying about money constantly, and the bills to pay or money for food. Processed food is so often cheaper than nutritional food so poor people often lack the nutritions needed for their immune system. They also would not have enough money to get medication or first aid materials. I think these are the causes of illnesses among the poor people.
The Platform / In Aghbalou: The Source of Water, Director Remigiusz Sowa explores the most unlikely and perilous of friendships, water and the desert (#CEP researcher John has been involved with production of Aghbalou: film about water &poverty...
This desert has very little water. The people living there have been searching for ways to get more water since a long time ago. They do not have enough water there for themselves and they still try to grow crops. In the comming years, it will become even warmer and there will be less rain in the desert. I cant imagine life without water. Yet these people are trying to solve their crisis by growing plants and vegetables. I admire them not giving up on solving their crisis.
Federal education policy seems blind to the relationship between poverty and student performance.
An intersting op-ed that focuses on the educational performance in the United States and poverty. The authors feel that class is an obvious factor in educational performance, but that educational policies do not reflect the geographic factors that lead to uneven results.
The fact that students from disadvantaged households perform less well in school than their peers from more advantaged backgrounds. However, policy makers mistakenly continue to reason that, since they cannot change the backgrounds of students, they should focus on other better backgrounds. I think this is a wrong thing to do as everyone should have their chance of having an education. They should make new policies that make it fair for everyone who wants to study and not discriminate on those with poor backgrounds.
Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly—and what can be done about it?... Even where there is enough food, people do not seem healthier. On top of 1 billion without enough calories, another 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they lack micro-nutrients (this is often called “hidden hunger”). And a further 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they eat too much and are obese. It is a damning record: out of the world population of 7 billion, 3 billion eat too little, too unhealthily, or too much. Malnutrition is attracting attention now because the damage it does has only recently begun to sink in. The misery of lacking calories—bloated bellies, wasted limbs, the lethargy of famine—is easy to spot. So are the disastrous effects of obesity. By contrast, the ravages of inadequate nutrition are veiled, but no less dreadful.
These kids dont have enough money to buy food. So, at school, the kids get a full meal every day, but in the holidays they have no breakfast or lunch so they ask for food from the charity. The charity then gives them bananas. They are filling, cheap, and they stimulate the brain. However there are much poorer countries which children suffer from Malnutrition. Malnutrition is associated with over a third of children's deaths and is the single most important risk factor in many diseases. A third of all children in the world are underweight or stunted, the classic symptoms of malnourishment. I think that these children suffer from malnutrition because they have not enough money for food. I wonder how they live like this. I cant imagine how it is to not have enough food everyday.
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