WFP says hunger kills more than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis combined 2009-06-04 19:19:58   Print

    LUSAKA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said in a release to Xinhua on Thursday.

    According to relative researches, WFP said in the release that there are 25,000 people, both of adults and children, die a day from hunger and related causes, in which one child is dying every six seconds from hunger and related diseases (or 14,000 children a day).

    Datas also showed that hunger (underweight) is No.1 on the list of the world's top 10 health risks, while one in seven people (adults and children) goes to bed hungry each night.

    Quoting the latest datas from the World Bank and the international Monetary Fund (IMF), WFP further indicated that the number of chronically hungry people in the world, which rose in 2008 because of the food crisis, is set to exceed 1 billion in 2009, reversing gains in fighting malnutrition and making investment in agriculture all the more important

    The datas also showed that across the developing world, in 2009 the number of people living on under 1.25 U.S. dollars a day will total 1.184 billion, lower than the 1.375 billion estimated for 2005, but still an alarmingly high total.

    And it was estimated that an additional 200,000 to 400,000 infants could die around the world per year between 2009 and 2015 as a result of the crisis.

    If no action is taken now, this could add up to 1.4 million to2.8 million additional infant deaths by 2015, according to the release.

    WFP further disclosed that the vast majority of the world's undernourished, a total of 907 million, live in the developing countries, of which 583 million live in Asia, 236 million in sub-Saharan Africa, 51 million in Latin America and the Caribbean and 15 million in Near East and North Africa.

    Responding to the situation, WFP said it is preparing for a "End Hunger Walk The World" event worldwide, including in Zambia on Sunday, which is aimed at raising awareness and funds and making it possible to eradicate child hunger by 2015.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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