- Extreme poverty rates have been cut in half since 1990, but there are still one in five people in developing regions that live on less than $1.25 a day. Poverty is not just a problem for low and middle income countries. In many developed countries such as the US, 17% of the population is below the relative poverty rate. [i]
- Poverty disempowers individuals, families and communities. It manifests itself in hunger and malnutrition, limited access to health and education services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision making. There are profound impacts on health and wellbeing. [ii]
- The voice of nursing is a commanding one when it addresses poverty because it understands the health needs of the patient beyond the medical diagnosis.
[i] Nippon.com. Japan’s Worsening Poverty Rate. 2014. http://www.nippon.com/en/features/h00072/
[ii] United Nations. Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. 2016 http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/poverty/