Globally about 16,000 children under the age of five die each day--most from preventable conditions associated with poverty. That's a staggering number. At that rate, this means that more than 11 children die unnecessarily every single minute. In the five or so minutes it will take you to read this blog post, more than 55 children will have lost their lives to extreme poverty.
By far, children from the poorest regions in Africa and Asia are disproportionately harmed by the conditions of extreme poverty. This year, half of under-five deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa, and nearly a third occurred in southern Asia.