- Children under age 18 make up nearly 48 percent of the population of the world's least developed countries, compared with 21 percent of the population of the world's industrialized nations.
- More than 1.6 billion people lack access to electricity and modern forms of energy.
- Over 1.4 billion people in the developing world live below the poverty line (U.S.$1.25 per day).
- Every day 1,500 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth that could have been prevented. Each day 10,000 newborns die within a month of birth, and daily the same number of babies are also born dead.
- Annual world economy breaks down like this:
2. Lower Middle Income, $936 to $3,705: 38%
3. Upper Middle Income, $3,706 to $11,455: 9%
4. High Income, $11,456 or more: 16%
- In developing countries, approximately 130 million children and teens — age 17 or under — have lost one or both parents.
- More than 9 million children under age 5 die each year. Two-thirds of these deaths — more than 6 million every year — are preventable.
- Approximately one-third of the world's poor people live in India.
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