Blog Action Day: Poverty Can Mean No Healthcare

October 15th, 2008

Poverty may be defined in many ways. Improper access to medical care because of conflict or other violence exists in many countries. Lack of clean drinking water is also another factor in many illnesses around the world. And thousands face malnutrition due to poverty.

• In Iraq, lots of doctors have fled the country or been killed. There’s a shortage of medical supplies and even electricity in some cases.

• In Myanmar, only a small fraction of the estimated 360,000 people living with HIV/AIDS have access to treatment.

• In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many people are severely threatened by cholera outbreaks. These outbreaks exist primarily due to the lack of clean drinking water.

Many people in several other countries are affected by poverty and are unable to receive proper medical care. One group is working to change this, but they depend on your help.

Doctors Without Borders, winner of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, is helping people in all of the countries named above, plus more. To donate to them, visit Doctors Without Borders.

Blog Action Day October 15

September 27th, 2008

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