Poverty And Health

Many people are unaware, but economic status and a person’s health are usually linked very closely together. When a person is more poverty stricken or struggling with homelessness, their health is likely to struggle and deteriorate as well. According to the World Health Organization, in fact, 1.2 billion people in this world live in extreme poverty, and do not have access to clean water or sanitation, as well as housing. These are three basic essentials that a person relies on for the maintenance of their overall health, and without these, a person is likely to fall extremely sick. In fact, its expressed that poor health is linked to poverty, as well, so the linking goes both ways.

Facts about Poverty and Health:

  1. Over 700 million people do not have access to sanitized drinking water. Disease and sickness caused by this and improper hygiene kills over an estimated 800,000 people on a yearly basis.
  2. Those who are in poverty live in areas that have decreased quality of air. This means that it is more difficult and dangerous to breathe and many people ingest toxins and air particles which are harmful to the body.
  3. Impoverished people aren’t just susceptible to physical illness, but mental illness as well. It’s stated that economic struggles and homelessness can have serious effects on mental health as the stress on the brain from the situation weighs extremely heavy.
  4. Overcrowded and impoverished locations can assist in the spread of dangerous diseases like pneumonia due to pollution in the air.
  5. There are several primary diseases and ailments which take the most lives of the homeless, impoverished or low-income families. Some of these diseases are as basic as diarrhea, or as serious as tuberculosis or respiratory issues.
  6. Nearly half the population of the world lives in poverty, and about one fourth of the world lives in extreme poverty. This means that these people live on just a measly $2-$1 allowance.
  7. If it wasn’t enough to be concerned about illness such as diseases, those who are in poverty must also worry about malnutrition, as most people are not able to provide food for themselves or their families.
  8. Along with malnutrition, mortality rates are very high and something to be concerned about. There are also low education rates in those who are impoverished.
  9. Violence is more likely to occur in impoverished areas and those living in poverty are not only more likely to commit violence but to be victims of it as well.