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Poverty in Asia

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Poverty in Asia on Japan, South Korea, China, India and Cambodia, and poverty in South Asia (World Poverty | Poverty in Asia: a look at causes and solutions http://t.co/NRpYp7K7)...

Via Jeslyn Seetoh
Cassandra Woo's insight:

Almost two thirds of the world's population lives in Asia. Some 4 billion people are scattered throughout rural areas or crowded into towns and cities, Poverty is basically a rural problem in Asia: Despite wide-ranging diversities in the region, many poor rural people in Asia share a number of economic, demographic and social characteristics, the most common of which is landlessness or limited access to land. Poor rural households tend to have larger families, less education and higher underemployment. They also lack basic amenities such as a safe water supply, sanitation and electricity. Their access to credit, equipment and technology is severely limited. Other constraints, including the lack of market information, business and negotiating experience and collective organizations deprive them of the power to compete on equal terms in the marketplace.
Most of Southern Asia has been left behind in the overall economic upturn in Asia. Although poverty declined by one third, the incidence of poverty, in terms of the percentage of the population living below the government poverty line, is higher in Southern Asia than in any other region in the world. Southern Asia continues to have strong gender inequalities, and women continue to suffer severe social deprivation.

Tan Yong Ann's curator insight, February 3, 2013 3:20 AM

Poverty in Asia is due to overpopulation, education, medicine, water, land ownership and etc. Although some countries have improved in their conditions like china, many countries are still poor and their government is still not doing anything. The country's goernment should at least let them have little education to start out and then slowly improve education so the country would not be a victim of poverty.

wingsie's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:41 AM

Asia not only holds the majority of the population in the world, but also the majority of the poorest people. In some countries in Asia like India, there is a big population but there is a limited land space. Therefore, the rich people will have priority to enjoy life but the poorer people will have to live in the squatters and pick garbage for a living. Basic needs like education, medicine, clean water and sanitation would not be enough for the people living in poverty. If this goes on, there might be generations of people living in poverty and discrimination. Governments should not encourage the caste system and distribute land use fairly.

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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Assignment by_CassandraWoo | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

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Cassandra Woo's insight:

This is my insight after reading this article.

Poverty creates ill- health because it forces people to live in environments that make them sick, without decent shelter, clean water or adequate sanitation. Lack of clean water causing Diarrhoea and Cholera is one of the biggest killers worldwide, alongside malaria and HIV which are all more likely to occur in developing communities. Poverty creates hunger, which in turn leaves people vulnerable to disease. Poverty denies people access to reliable health services and affordable medicines, and causes children to miss out on routine vaccinations. Also, poverty creates illiteracy, leaving people poorly informed about health risks and forced into dangerous jobs that harm their health. People with low incomes, particularly those who live in poverty, face particular challenges in maintaining their health. They are more likely than those with higher incomes to become ill, and to die at younger ages. They are also more likely to live in poor environmental situations with limited health care resources, factors that can compromise health status and access to care.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital | Poverty Assignment by_CassandraWoo | Scoop.it
Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education.

Via Sylvain Rotillon
Cassandra Woo's insight:

This is my insight after having read this article. 

The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. With unclean water sources often miles from villages, many of the able bodied members of a community are forced to spend hours each day simply finding and transporting water. The people of Africa are unable to grow crops, attend school and work to build education and skills that yield greater employment and earning potential.

Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim. With much of one's day already consumed by meeting basic needs, there isn't time for much else. The hours lost to gathering water are often the difference between time to do a trade and earn a living and not.

When a water solution is put into place, sustainable agriculture is possible. Children get back to school instead of collecting dirty water all day, or being sick from waterborne illnesses. Parents find more time to care for their families, expand minimal farming to sustainable levels, and even run small businesses. However, is there really a way to obtain sources of clean water and sustain it, considering Africa has been met with poverty for a long history? 

Bryan Lau's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:07 AM
From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water. 
Jasmine Ng's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:11 AM

From this article,I have realize the impact of not having access to proper drinking water, this article has taught me the importance of water. Womens living in the less developed country have to travel hours in order to get access to water and the worst thing is the water is not even clean.In our more developed country where people have access to clean water are taking the water for granted, not knowing people in less developed country have to travel for hours just to get dirty water.

Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:04 AM

After seeing the article, we should realise how fortunate we are when we have a tap with an unlimited supply of water thanks to our goverment, while we look at these people. They travel miles to get water and some even drink dirty water, this shows us that help must be given to these people as they are suffering although they actually can have clean water, its just that we are not acting to help them. Will the world help them, or would they just simply say ''its not my problem'' , this will depend of you, people could be saved if you just take it to concern and help out


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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education and Job Training | Poverty Assignment by_CassandraWoo | Scoop.it
For too long, the national dialogue about college education has been focused on access and affordability.

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Cassandra Woo's insight:

The relationship between education and poverty reduction is very clear: educated people have higher income earning potential, and are better able to improve the quality of their lives. Poverty is both a cause and an effect of insufficient access to or completion of quality education. Children of poor families are less likely to enroll in and complete schooling because of the associated costs of attending school, even when it is provided free. The cost of uniforms, supplies, and transportation may well be beyond the means of a poor family, especially when the family has several children of school age. Dropping out of school because of poverty virtually guarantees perpetuation of the poverty cycle since the income-earning potential of the child is reduced, not to mention overall productivity, receptivity to change, and capacity to improve quality of life. Lack of education perpetuates poverty, and poverty constrains access to schooling. Eliminating poverty requires providing access to quality education.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:35 AM

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school without help that targets their family situations, and that help is most needed during their earliest years. Newborn was born poor, and nearly half of those babies went on to spend at least half of their childhood in poverty. Poor children were born into "deep poverty" to parents living on incomes less. Parents' low educational attainment was shown to predict persistent poverty for their children more consistently than any other factor the study investigated including single motherhood, family unemployment, young age of parents or living in inner-city neighborhoods. Earning a high school diploma can help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty, but persistent poverty makes earning that diploma a tough challenge. Children who spend more than half of their childhoods poor are more likely than never-poor children to enter their 20s without completing high school. Poverty strikes its most innocent victims hardest of all. Stresses associated with poverty including malnutrition, lack of mental stimulation, poor health care, frequent moving and general insecurity have their direst effect on newborns and children up to age two. Children who live in poverty in those first years of life are likely to complete high school than children who became poor later in childhood. I think what this report is saying is that early interventions are very important and targeting resources to these kids from birth is vital, because home environment in early years is so important to brain development. So when parents are stable, kids are stable.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM

Education is important as we live in an era where you can only gain confidence in people and get a job when you have complete education. Many children who are poor, do not get a chance to go to school and learn. When given the chance, I am sure that most of them would wish to go to school and study. Many of these children work to earn money instead of studying as they cannot afford to pay for it. However, I believe that every child deserves a chance to be educated in a school, regardless of how rich or poor they are. Even though education is not something that can be totally free of charge, why not allow all children to go to school and learn the basics of the subjects, so that they would at least have enough knowledge to get a proper job.

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 11:31 AM

As highlighted in the article, we could achieve our goals by breaking the cycle of poverty by having a good and fundamental education through a college degree. Students from low income group with a college degree could contribute to society and become role models.The article mentioned that from an award winning program(SRA), graduants could easily seek employment embarking on  a career opportunity into the workforce.

In my opinion, a healthy society needs to nurture a good education program which in turn have good return through rewarding investment in education.

Rewarding careers and new emerging generation to tackle workforce issues, often kept me wondering how one day I would blend myselff into this.


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Africa 'shows progress on hunger'

Africa 'shows progress on hunger' | Poverty Assignment by_CassandraWoo | Scoop.it

Africa has shown more success than South Asia in tackling hunger over the past decade, according to a report on world food production.

Food shortages and malnutrition have been reduced in many parts of Africa, the Global Hunger Index says.

But it remains "extremely alarming" in countries such as Eritrea and Burundi.

Cassandra Woo's insight:

This is my insight after reading this article. 

Hunger and poverty are closely linked. Worldwide more than 900 million people are chronically undernourished. Due to hunger, individuals, families and communities never achieve their full potential. Alleviation of hunger is therefore one of the most important steps in development. Around three quarters
of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most of them depend directly or indirectly on agriculture for their livelihoods. It is well acknowledged that growth in agriculture is on average at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth outside agriculture. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger in Africa and elsewhere.
Conflict and drought, for example, are certainly important causes of hunger, but the most typical situation is that Poverty has had a negative impact on food consumption, as well as on its production and preservation. Africans simply do not have enough money to acquire adequate food for a normal and healthy life. Decontrol of food prices, removal of consumer subsidies and increasing unemployment, especially since the 1980s, have all weakened the purchasing power of African consumers. In turn, malnutrition and undernutrition reduce people's ability to work by draining them of energy and weakening their immune systems, making them more susceptible to disease. This further perpetuates poverty.


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