How to Be One Step Closer to Make This World Closer
We have over 7 billion people living on this planet. On average, there are about 795 million people, “living” on this planet who are left starving. That’s 1 out of every 9 people who do not get the daily nourishment they need to be considered even somewhat healthy. And according to www.unicef.org, for children under the age of 5, there are 29,000 children that die every day due to lack of nourishment that leads to death from preventable causes. That means that on average, one child dies every 21 minutes due to lack of daily nutrients, malaria, pneumonia and other preventable infections. World hunger is the problem, but how could we start to truly stifling this ongoing issue?
I am not trying to turn this article into one of those Sarah McLachlan commercials, which are of course great ways to get donations, but rather focusing on allowing major vaccinations be free, or at least extremely affordable, for those families that cannot afford to buy a single vaccination for their child. Over the years, there have been many great people, groups and organizations who have visited these children, the majority living in third-world countries, and have dropped supplies off, vaccinated, taught a class at their school, and even just spent time with them. Of course children need actual food and medicine to be considered healthy, but human kindness is the best cure for all.
Looking at the percentages on www.pewinternet.org, I was glad to see that at on a randomly selected survey, 68% of US adults believed that vaccinations should be required for use on children. Although this is a high percent, I wish that 100% would not only agree that vaccination should be required for children, but would be free or at least easily affordable to those families or children living on their own who truly need it.