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A Child Dies of Hunger Every Six Seconds

1 out of 7 children born in the world’s poorest countries is sentenced to die before reaching the age of 5.

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The tragedy is avoidable.

(MADRID) - Let's consider some statistical facts that must be taken into account: A child, less than 5 years old, dies of hunger every 6 seconds.

About 30 children die every 3 minutes from impoverishment. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a total of 6 million children, who are less than 5 years old, suffer from malnutrition worldwide.

More than 180 million children, less than 10 years old, suffer of hunger due to the lack of food. About 177 million children experience delayed development and about 8 million of newborns die each year due to the mother’s poor health conditions during pregnancy. Other causes are the mother’s nutrient-deficient nourishment, the lack of safety standards during childbirth, and negligence when caring for the baby. These conditions are present in countries where about 15 million teenage girls, between the ages of 15 and 19, give birth at an annual rate.

These statistics indicate that the world is far from reaching the goals established at FAO’s World Food Summit of 1996: halve the total of homeless children by 2015. Where nourishment is difficult, a child has an average life expectancy of 38, while in 24 of the world’s wealthiest countries the average increases to 70.

It is estimated that 1 out of 7 children born in the world’s poorest countries is sentenced to die before reaching the age of 5. A year estimates about 250,000 children. Most of these children die due to the lack of food and essential nutrients, which weakens them and reduces their weight thus making them more vulnerable. Moreover, these children are exposed to a high risk of catching infectious diseases. In developing countries, diarrhea, acute respiratory diseases, malaria and measles are among the main causes of child death.

This distressing burden of grief and death occurs in Latin America and the Caribbean.

St. Augustine of Hippo believed that a poor man’s patrimony is what is left over by the rich man (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti).


Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer Roselló, a prestigious Spanish advertising character, presents a fascinating personal and professional career fully devoted to the world of communication in its varied dimensions. He earned a PhD in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, BA in Advertising from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona Master in Marketing from the School of Marketing Studies in Madrid.

He has been Associate Professor of Business Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Navarra and a contributor to the Madrid daily ABC. He also spent several years teaching, both in the Official School of Advertising as the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1985 he was awarded the Gold Master, granted by the Senior Management Forum and AMPE Prize 1996 to the "long and brilliant career advertising."

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M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. February 7, 2012 10:26 pm (Pacific time)

I had intended to mention another fine point of which most individuals are blissfully unaware.. When you go to the food mart, take a close look at the containers for eggs..a very rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals.. so rich that one single egg per day supplies 100 times the amount of nutrients millions of school age children consume before school each day...Well... those cartons are quite uniform in size. Having worked on and later having lived communally on farms that raised chickens, I cannot take for granted that all the eggs laid by the many millions of chickens just in the US alone are equal in size and shape. The facts are that nearly 40% of the eggs laid are of abnormal shape and size and many will even have different colors. So what happens to all those eggs that don't fit into the standard cartons? Do you see them in irregular shaped containers? Nope! Those eggs.. miniature nutrition dynamos... are often crushed and dried to a powder and added to the meal fed back to the chickens and many are simply dumped and left to rot. Do you know what eggs the US buys for its food programs? Well.. some of it IS the powdered egg that gets fed back to the chickens and the rest are the cosmetically perfect eggs that fit those standard cartons. With just a tiny bit of common sense and a few well placed calls, isn't it conceivable that every single child in the US could receive at least one, if not 2 or 3 cosmetically imperfect but fully nutritional eggs every day... FOR FREE!!!?? Millions of eggs a day (EVERY DAY) wind up as waste. This is insanity (and how our nation works). Maybe another day I will tell you about the sausage your gov't won't let hungry kids have for breakfast (Hint: It costs next to nothing)

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. February 7, 2012 7:54 pm (Pacific time)

For a real eye opener, try to catch a special shown on FOOD TV titled THE BIG WASTE. This show will open your eyes to the vast amounts of food that never make it to market because they are not esthetically appealing (minor scratches, bruising or simply unbalanced color wise)and food that is discarded by both supermarkets and restaurants. Many are not aware that some markets actually hire guards to discourage dumpster diving. It is testament to the sickness of a society and the sociopathic greed of corporations that a single child anywhere in the world goes without food.

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