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..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::..

..:: Child Poverty in Asia ::.. | Poverty Assignment_Thaqiv Idraqie (32) | Scoop.it
Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:

Based on what I devour from the article, I learned that religion plays a determining factor when it comes to poor countries like India. Their caste system whereby people can only work occupations based on what their predecessors were contributed to poverty in the country. This means that should their be a province inhabited by low-salary workers in India, this would mean that that province would overall be very poor and insufficient to contribute to the nation significantly. Hence the government would have no doubt but to neglect them and tend to more important state and provinces. I find this very interesting as I never thought that tradition and culture plays such an important role in the well being of a country. Countries that practice such customs end up being victims of poverty. Another thing I find interesting is the fact that these customs are inevitable, that is to say, people cannot stop this custom they have been doing for they know their ancestors have done it. A stop to that practice would mean abolishing the culture. In conclusion, for countries like India, poverty is destined. It is a lose-lose situation. Would the people lose culture for a better life or lose a better life to preserve culture?

Yu Bixun's curator insight, February 2, 2013 8:52 AM

I can see that about two-third of the world's poorest people are from Asia. India had more than three hundred million of people living in poverty which is the greatest in the world. And because of this, many are uneducated with more time spent on fishing instead of studying. I think that wars are the main contributions to poverty as wars destroyed many farms, crops, settlements and people which caused many to be living in poverty. I think the children who are fishing or playing should attend schools as education can help them end their poverty state. People who are not in poverty state, we should excel in our studies and work hard in it as we are very lucky to be studying with proper education to look for job when we grow up. I wonder if regaining back their farms, industries and settlements could end their poverty state.

L.tak poon's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:12 AM


Form the above picture, i can see that there is an adult with 3 children in the picture taken above.It is pretty clear that the people above do not come form a wealthy family.Their clothing tells me that there are in a poor state of living..(see)

The children and the in the picture above did not smile when the picture is taken which i think that they are not happy. It may probally because needs are not met for their daily living.(think)

I wonder what there real problem is, weather is it because of money or other matter. I wonder if the goverment or anyone could help them in anyways.(wonder)

Tan Yang Heng Terence's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:18 AM

After reading this article, i realised another factor leading to poverty in India. It is the Hinduism belief of caste system in India. It is the main religion in India. India have the most amount of people living in poverty in a countrycomparing to the rest of the countries. Almost all of them living in poverty earned less than $1 a day. Long hours of work and effort is put to that $1 that does not seems much in our eyes. 522 millions of people of India are suffering this unbearable situation. This system prevents many people from trying to break their poverty. It is very unfair as not everyone is given a chance to start out equal. Why does the poverty of the previous generation have to burden the future generations? However, a stop to such practise is equivalent to the lost of the culture. Thus, they will never have a chance to break poverty. They will be continue to be despise by others at the top of the caste system. It is such injustice. 

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India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs

India: The roots of poverty: Ruinous healthcare costs | Poverty Assignment_Thaqiv Idraqie (32) | Scoop.it

LiveMint : Thoughtful and well-written viewpoint by Anirudh Krishna


"Even moderately well-to-do people have become persistently poor.This is unfortunate, especially when we consider that the majority of these descents into poverty could have been prevented. Very little is being done, however, to address the problem of poverty creation."


"Restricting the flow of people into poverty requires investing in better – more affordable, accessible, and higher quality – healthcare. Becoming richer as a nation will not automatically resolve this problem."


It starts with healthcare A vast and growing body of work has started to show how the source of a great deal of poverty is inadequate healthcare. Several other factors are also associated with falling into poverty, but in terms of frequency and magnitude the effects of ill health and medical expenses predominate. Illhealth imposes a double burden on households – when high treatment costs go together with loss of earning power – and it has the biggest influence on becoming and remaining poor. Researchers who have studied these trends in different countries describe how, because of poverty neglect, a “medical poverty trap” is becoming ever more pervasive (see Whitehead, et al. 2001; Xu, et al. 2003; Zhao 2006). Millions of families are living only one illness away from poverty, and thousands more have become deeply indebted on account of burdensome healthcare costs. 60% of all families who fell into poverty in the Rajasthan communities we studied, 74% in Andhra Pradesh, and 88% in Gujarat experienced one or more catastrophic health episodes. Calculations by other researchers show how a stupendous number – amounting to 3.7% of the Indian population – is at risk of falling below the dollar-a-day threshold every year on account of healthcare expenses (EQUITAP 2005; Garg and Karan 2005).

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Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:

From this article I learned how poverty can take its toll on people through many mediums. In this case, it was through healthcare. The inefficient and ineffective healthcare provided by India's ministry of health has caused the lives of some to change. In addition because of the medical industry lack of competence with modern day technology, they will tend to use aiding methods that are more pain-staking, thus more expensive.

This shows that if a country is under poverty, its people will suffer its toll. The effects of poverty are similar to that of a chain reaction. Poverty will affect the government to those industries to the workers and to the people, increasing in damage as it progresses through the stages. 

The article also provides ways in which the government is planning to counter these predicaments. It is via provision, insurance and regulation. Firstly it has to work with countries like Sweden,USA or other developed countries that have up to date medical treatments. From this the ministry of health in India would have more in depth knowledge to treat more complex illnesses effectively. Secondly, insurance refers to the availability servises. Knowing that India is a big pile of land with many different people, it is very important that the country has sufficient doctors to treat the population of illnesses. Lastly, regulation is the increased commercialization of medical services coupled with weak or absent regulation has resulted in a proliferation of fly-by-night operators, over-prescription, over-charging by private providers, spurious drugs, and other avoidable evils. Without taking account of these developments, it is hard to explain why the financial burden of healthcare costs has risen so sharply, especially among poorer and less literate people.


Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:54 PM

A lot of family are pushed into penury when a member of the family or the learning member become ill and the medical cost is unbearable. Most of the time families have fixed income and no surplus money to save for emergency , most of them do not know about insurance nor they have capacity to pay the premium. I indeed pity the family of Chandbai, a 50-year-old woman who are suffering tremendously from lack of healthcare causing many illness and diseases to their family. Her husband, Gokalji, owned a shop in their town. But because of low healthcare, he became ill and had to give to shop to his brother while he lies down in his bed most of the time. Two years after the death of his husband, their daughter got married. It was sad to hear the story because of illness and diseases, he is not able to see his daughter climbing the steps of life, the reason why he was working everyday was to see his children succeed, now he cant do that. If the nation knows that there are a lof of people who are in need of help, dont just sit in your chair reading this article, do something actively and effortly to yourself and to the people who are in the state of poverty

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Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle

Poverty and food: The nutrition puzzle | Poverty Assignment_Thaqiv Idraqie (32) | Scoop.it

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.

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Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:

From the picture in which the scoop.it article provided, I see a girl consuming an unintelligible object that, based on pure assumption, is food that have gone bad or not edible by any means of cooking. The girl seems to carry a strong aura that draws compassion and sympathy of viewers. It could be because of the obvious fact that she is a child. Children are meant to be cared for and growed carefully, they are the seeds that will sprout into tall and successful adults. Hence, it is no doubt that for one to see her in the condition that she is now, rugged and dirty, to pity her.


Thoughts that came through my mind as and after I was reading the text was the fact of knowing how the people in Eldoro live and breathe through the unfaithfull force of poverty. Though the education system do teach children on the types of good food present and the ways to prevent malnutrition, one can get to see how action's are stronger than words. For example, school children educated on health and food still resorted to eating a stack of bananas that may or may not be rotten. They will eat any thing edible regardless of whether they will have impending consequences on them. This was probably because of their environment. The knowledge that they have about food could not be practiced mainly beacause of what they have. Knowing that they have only malnutritious food would eventually change their mindset to accept this food as they have no other choice to eat. Hence lessons learnt in school are redundant when environment stormed by poverty are put into consideration


Lastly questions that I have in mind are

1)Do poor children of thirld world countries experience such atrocities poverty has caused?

2) Do those that suffer from poverty share food, thus prioritising their children?

3) Has there ever been a representitive from poor provinces to demand beeter food from the richer states.

Wu Weiyang's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:40 AM

There is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish them. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families. Many people are trying to help them problem is still remain unsolved.by donating daily necessaries. However, these things can only last for a short while, the main problem is still remain unsolved. Once they finished the things we donated, how are they going to survive?


Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:15 AM

In this article, we can see that the poor are having difficulty eating proper meals. People living in poverty are starving or malnourished, they do not get enough calories and nutrition from the food they consume or even die from diseases because they consume leftover food found in the bins which are unhygienic and contaminated. We have easy access to food everyday and everywhere, but we are not appreciating it. We tend to waste food and complain about the food we eat. That is not the way, we should think of those living in poverty and spare a thought for them. They have to consume unhygienic food or even starve, when we get to consume the clean food of enough nutrition. I wonder how can we waste food at the thought of those living in poverty? How can this people survive on contaminated food everyday?

Jasmine Tan's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:36 PM

See. Think. Wonder.

From this article, I can see that children are suffering from the lack of food. In some countries, the children starve for almost the whole day and they will only get food if they come to school. Starving is bad for their health and they will suffer from different malnutrition symptoms in the long run if they do not treat the probolem of lack of food seirously now.

It gets me thinking of the amount of children who die each day because they cannot take the hunger, and die of some diesease or just plainly starvation, although in some countries, food is nothing important to the people because food is taken for granted.

I wonder how will the children feel about their lives, if they knew that they are leading worse lives than those who are more fortunate than them. Would they feel that it is unfair? or are they just contented with what they have?

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Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate

Education is the long-term solution for fighting poverty | The Great Debate | Poverty Assignment_Thaqiv Idraqie (32) | Scoop.it
The vitriol over Steven Brill’s piece this week from Randi Weingarten, Diane Ravitch, Alex Kotlowitz and other defenders of the status quo isn’t surprising.

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Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:

As the titlesuggest, this articles wants to share views of how poverty affect education and also how education can affect poverty. It shares the idea that the reason for countries slow plunge to poverty is because of the increasing trends of school dropouts. Education is a factor that will make or break an individual. Assuming that a person with an academically well brought up basis is compared to a person who is illiterate and has no form of education throughout his life, the former individual would no doubt succeed in a competitive country like America. Similarly, if that individual is placed in a developing country like India, his skills would contribute to the country either in terms of what he is professional in; medical engineering etc. Now imagine if handful of people are educated and placed in India to contribute to the nation, India would definitely stand a chance in not only salvage its people from poverty but also contribute in a bigger stage, it can contribute globally. In conclusion, there is a link and chemistry between poverty and education.

Jerone Taduran's curator insight, February 1, 2013 12:44 PM

As what it says on the title page, education can be the answer to decrease the amount of people that can be in state of poverty. We must thank the nation for helping schools all over the world to ignore hiring high -quality - teachers to teach the children so they will be able to save more money to decrease Poverty. America had been in the verge of economic failure in education, but because high school dropouts are unable to easily get jobs without finishing their education. The government must know that poverty affect education and also how education can affect poverty. The educated person has a higher chance of getting a job than a dropout, so that it will decrease poverty for education

Shiying Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:52 AM

This is my insight using 4Cs thinking routine. After reading the text, I can see that the interlinked relationship between education and poverty is a complex one. This relationship can be seen resounding throughout the world. Education can be either the key to breaking out of poverty, or the key to enter into the life of poverty. With proper and higher education, one can get a permanent job and earn money on a long term basis to avoid economic and social despair of the people living in poverty. However, despite giving an opportunity to study, there are still people that dropout from school, and as a result, they couldn't find a job, which slowly led them into the life of poverty. After reading this text. I have a greater motivation to study and I may have found a inspiration in life to help those poor children who have no chance for education to help them change their lifes and fight against poverty. This has also led me to wonder why some people chose not to study despite given the chance of proper education, as it would be simply a foolish act and a major loss in their life.

crystal chin jing's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:09 AM

Education open doors to greater and better opportunities in job and lifestyle.  When one is non -educated, he or she is probably illiterate and it is a disadvantage. I feel fortunate to live in Singapore where I do not need to worry for any financial need for my education. In contrast, people living in less developed countries who are poor have little or no opportunities to receive such holistic education in Singapore.  Yet, as a student living with no worries, we often take things for granted and frequently complain that homework is too much for us to do and we hate school.  Thus, from this article , I understand the sufferings of the people living in a less financially well off conditions.

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Commercialised water services can work for the poor, says SNV

Commercialised water services can work for the poor, says SNV | Poverty Assignment_Thaqiv Idraqie (32) | Scoop.it

The poor in small towns in Africa can and do benefit from commercialised water services, says SNV in a new practice brief [1]. As long as water companies are socially responsible and they are backed up by pro-poor policies.

Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:

From what the article has provided me, I see that the government of Africa has thought of some ways to counter poverty. One such way is through solving one of the problems poverty has caused: Water Shortages. By enabling everyone to have a fresh supply of water, mortalitity rates would be decreased overtime and the countries well being will get better overall

 The article shows that the government has received concerns from people about the condition poor people of its country are suffering. By having a commercial water service, social bonds can be created among the rich and the poor as no longer will the rich have access to water. The service also teaches the people of poor provinces how to manage water resources among people to ensure fair treatment for all. This seems like an effective and useful measure introduced by the government. However I am concerned about those that are from other provinces knowing that Africa comprises of thousands of provinces and not all speak the same language. Thus there still will be a handfull that will not benefit from such shemes and it is important for non profit and non-government organizations to care for these unfortunate people suffering from poverty.

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