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Poverty in Africa

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Millions of people in Africa live in poverty. Illness, hunger, a high child mortality rate and an inadequate comprehensive education and health system are major challenges in almost every country on the African continent, especially for the countries south of the Sahara. We at Plan International are on site as an aid organization in 26 African countries.

Diamonds, gold, oil - Africa is rich in raw materials that are in demand all over the world. At the same time, according to the World Bank, Africa has the ten poorest countries in the world. A total of 1.3 billion people live on the continent. About 40 percent of the population live in extreme poverty. That means they have to go with them every day less than $ 1.90 get along.

Especially in Sub-Saharan Africa the poverty is great. 49 percent of the children here are considered poor. Nowhere else in Africa is the proportion so high. At the same time, it is also the region with the world's highest under-five mortality rate.

Poverty in Africa: This is why the continent is so poor

There are many reasons for poverty in Africa, most of which are related to one another. One of the causes of extreme poverty is the rapid pace Population growth. While around 234 million people lived here in the 1950s, it is expected that there will be 2.9 billion people in 2050. The economic development of the continent as well as its developments in the areas of health and education could and can so far at this pace not keep up.

Crises and wars: this increases poverty in a country

The Most of the crisis regions of this world are on the African continent. These include the armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan and South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria. Countless people are fleeing from crisis areas. Agricultural production often comes to a standstill and Families are left with nothing. Poverty is increasing.

Hunger is also one of the causes of poverty. Because even if it doesn't seem like it at first glance: Hunger is not just one thing Consequence of poverty in a country, it also promotes it. If an unborn child is already suffering from malnutrition, a weakened immune system and infectious diseases in early childhood can be the result. Poor academic performance can also be the result of underdevelopment or a lack of concentration. A lack of education in turn increases the risk of poverty. The Vicious circle begins.

Health system: development cooperation urgently needed

Also Diseases such as AIDS and malaria are among the reasons for poverty in African countries. A poor health system and a little education in the population mean that diseases are not treated at all or not treated properly and that they spread quickly. If people die of the disease or if they are too sick to work, this inevitably also means that there are fewer workers. In agriculture in particular, this can lead to the Food production is declining. To counteract this, large investments in the future of the health system would be necessary. Unicef ‚Äč‚Äčestimates that the continent will need 5.6 million medical professionals in 2030 alone.

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Plan International: Take on sponsorship in Africa

As the aid organization Plan International, we are currently working in 26 African countries to steer Africa's development in a positive direction.

With longer term and child-oriented project work, we sustainably improve the lives of millions of children. We work closely with the communities and local authorities to create changes on the ground.

Together we improve communities sustainably, for example by supporting health care and educating about children's rights. We are committed to ensuring that children can attend school and develop their skills and enable families to secure a long-term income.

Help us fight hunger and disease and sponsor for only92 cents a day. So you can see whole regionschange sustainably and childrenGive hope! More information: Sponsorship Africa.

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