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Hunger And Malnutrition In The World: What Can Be Done About It?

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Here, in America, we have a surplus of food supply. The majority of Southern Asia and Eastern Asia is affected by the shortage of food. All over the continent of Africa, there are starving people. These helpless people are praying for their next meal, while people in the United States are praying for the newest technology. What will it take for people to realize that these people need help? The poor people of Africa are in desperate need of their rightful share of the Earth’s plentiful supply.
One in every eight people in the world suffer immensely from hunger and malnutrition. One in every four of these are in Africa. There is an estimated two hundred and thirty-nine million starving men, women, and children in Africa. This number is increasing by two percent every year. These rates can be lowered, if not eliminated. It is possible for everyone to receive food. All it takes is a little help.
Death is a scary event that nobody can escape. However, it can be put aside for a longer life with the proper necessities. Food is one of the most basic needs to sustain life. Africans are deprived of their rightful portion of food. One third of deaths in children under five in the developing countries of the world are caused by malnutrition. For thirty dollars a month, a child could be sponsored which provides them with clothes, education, and food. For only a quarter, a life could be saved by supplying a child with they vitamins and nutrients they need to live. Think about it, the quarters on the ground, in pockets, and other miscellaneous places could save lives. Instead of saving lives, they are lying around useless. The dollar that was spent on a bag of chips could’ve saved four suffering, desperate children’s lives. Think about the decisions that are made daily that could change someone’s life forever.
Children in Africa deal with starvation on a daily basis. It affects their lives tremendously. Their growth is stunted because of malnutrition. In fact, one fourth of the developing world children are affected by stunted growth. One in three children’s growth rate is stunted. Their lives are affected by something that they have no control over and is also not their own fault. Poor nutrition also worsens illnesses that these people might already have. On average, these underprivileged children spend up to 160 days of being sick per year. That is equivalent to forty-five percent of their entire year. Imagine being sick, stunted, and malnutritioned for almost half a year.
There are already a few organizations in place that are trying to help end hunger in Africa. The largest and most commonly known is the World Food Programme. This organization’s mission statement is to “eliminate the need for for aid” (WFP). Another successful organization is Freedom from Hunger. These helpful people take poor women and provide them with education, money, a job, and many other things they need for a healthy lifestyle. Stop Hunger Now is another widely known...

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