Indicators of Poverty

A woman smiles in a doorway. She carries her small child on her back

The United Nations recognises three major indicators of poverty: income, consumption and health. While progress has been made regarding the improvement of safe drinking water and diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, environmental sustainability and mortality rates are still a problem. The mortality rate globally has dropped by 41% but 52 in 1,000 babies in developing regions die mostly within the first month of life. Maternal health is also improving, but 210 mothers per 100,000 continue to die as a result of childbirth. Education, sanitation, gender inequality and access to HIV preventive medicine are still major global issues.

Photo: United Nations Photo via Flickr.

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