Common Wealth

Between 1 and 3 million people, most of them children, die each year from malaria.

Asia: Every fifth person lives in extreme poverty, on an income below one dollar a day.

East Africa: The poorest people live in the desert or on semi-arid land that makes up almost 40 per cent of the land base of this part of Africa.


Currently 1 billion people live in extreme poverty.

Extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as getting by on an income of less than $1 a day, means that households cannot meet basic needs for survival.

They are chronically hungry, unable to get health care, lack safe drinking water and sanitation, cannot afford education for their children and perhaps lack rudimentary shelter - a roof to keep rain out of the hut- and basic articles of clothing, like shoes.

We can describe extreme poverty as “the poverty that kills.”

More than 8 million people around the world die each year because they are too poor to stay alive.