Eradicating Hunger and Disease Through Educational Charity

Could there have been a better means through which the fight against poverty and disease is to be won, than educational charity? This is one single most important question that must be appropriately responded to if all the enormous resources being channelled into the poverty and hunger eradication global campaign is to yield the expected results of halving poverty and eradicating hunger and disease in the decades immediately and remotely ahead of us.

On a daily basis, the fight and campaign by different groups and stakeholders around the world to eradicate poverty and disease goes on and on. In the last decades there are ample evidences that the various governments of the world, corporate bodies and non profit making organisations have intensified this fight the more through various measures, policies and mechanisms aimed at not only reducing the effects of hunger and disease on world populations, especially the poor and the less privileged, but also to completely eradicate hunger and disease especially within the populations of the third world nations. One of those measures is the millennium development goals aimed at halving poverty and mortality rate among the affected populations by the year 2020.

It has been convention after convention, and the likes, yet the poor are becoming poorer daily. Each year, the developed nations map out special funds for this same cause, yet at the close of the year the record keeps growing on global impoverishment of the populations of the third world. This calls for a rethink of the old formulas that have dominated our approach to hunger and disease eradication, and a newer approach to the new realities on ground.

The poor needs something better than the bread and water they have been given all these years. They need to know how to make their bread and solve their health problem, preventively or curatively.

The greatest factor behind hunger and disease is poverty, and the primary cause of poverty is illiteracy and ignorance. Hence all that is needed to eradicate hunger and disease is to educate the poor and equip them with the needed basic skills that will help them overcome poverty and have a minimum decent living among other things. This makes educational charity the best possible option in the fight to eradicate hunger and disease from among the poor circles of the world.

The Current Status of World Hunger

Where does starvation exist in the world today? What are some of the causes of world hunger? Are citizens of developed countries donating monetarily to the ongoing relief efforts? In this article I will address these questions with the hope that by creating an understanding of the current world hunger situation, morally conscious individuals will do their part in contributing to an eradication of this unseen suffering.

It is a well known fact that there is enough food in the world to feed every human being on earth. Sadly, malnutrition and hunger still afflict one out of every seven people in the world today. Or, from a slightly different statistical perspective, the current world population is 4,712,200,000. The number of malnourished is 797,900,000. Therefore 17% of the world population is currently malnourished or starving. No matter how you examine the issue, a current crisis is at hand. Why is this so?

The causes of starvation are complex, but there are some common threads that seem to be associated with this problem. First and foremost, starvation is caused by poverty. To address the problem of world hunger then the problem of global poverty must be addressed. Therefore, the question that we should examine is what are the causes of poverty. A thorough discussion on the causes of global poverty is outside the purview of this article. Entire textbooks have been written on the subject. For our discussion, it is suffice to say that one of the major causes of poverty is governments pursuing policies that inhibit self sufficiency.

Areas of starvation are also characterized by persistent problems in cultivating food from lack of seed, arable land, and tools. Those that can grow food, must deal with insects, drought, floods, and war, which can result in complete destruction of crops. Historically, areas of Africa have experienced periodic locusts infestations, which can completely destroy crops.

Other causes of world hunger are related to the globalize system of food production. The globalize system of food production and trade favors a reliance on export crops while discriminating against small-scale farmers and subsistence crops. Many third world countries export out to much food while concomitantly not keeping enough food to sustain their own people.

AIDS is a significant cause of hunger. In societies affected by AIDS, famine is more deadly and difficult to combat. Why is this so? AIDS attacks the most productive individuals within society. Fewer productive people within society means fewer individuals to work the jobs that involve food production. This is one contributor to the starvation currently taking place in Africa.

Weather plays a major role in terms of the prevalence of starvation. Areas of drought leads to non-useable land with subsequent famine. This is well known. But less well known is that floods can also lead to starvation. Crops can be flooded and therefore destroyed, which in essence produces the same result as drought. In both cases, weather can produce a complete lack of self sufficiency.

Military conflicts, both internal and between neighboring countries, can lead to starvation. These conflicts can result in destruction of crops. Government money is directed at funding the conflict at the expense of the starving people. Funds are diverted from social and economic development. Military conflicts can also result in the displacement of large groups of people, removing them from their farms and their way of life. People can end up in refugee camps, completely dependent on relief aid.

The causative factors of world hunger are numerous, and certain factors change from year to year, therefore at any given time, some areas may be more prone then others. The extent of drought, flood, internal conflicts, and war with neighboring countries can vary over time. Therefore, these factors incorporate a variable affect on the degree to which inhabitants of susceptible countries suffer from starvation.

A combination of these causative factors in a particular region is a formula for disaster. When this occurs, large scale starvation can take place. A case in point. The Horn of Africa has seen severe drought coupled with internal conflicts. This is leading to the development of a tragedy. In this region currently 11 million people are on the brink of starvation.

Historically, certain areas of the world have had a high prevalence of hunger and starvation. These areas are the central region of South America, large areas of East, Central, and Southern Africa, and regions of South Asia. As of 2006, the current hot spots, those areas which are suffering the greatest degree of starvation, are as follows:

Niger:

This area in central Africa has been struggling to cope with the devastating impact of drought and locusts infestations.

Haiti:

In this region extreme poverty has been further exacerbated by a political crisis, floods, tropical storms, and hurricanes.

Horn of Africa:

An estimated 11 million people in the Horn of Africa “are on the brink of starvation” because of severe drought and war. Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia need food aid, water, new livestock and seeds. This is a major hunger crisis in development.

Afghanistan:

Poverty in Afghanistan, made worse by drought, has contributed greatly to their hunger problem.

Pakistan:

The recent earthquake coupled with a severe winter have produced starvation conditions. Recently, mud slides have hampered relief efforts.

North Korea:

Food insecurity caused by the countries economic problems, is compounded by unpredictable and severe weather conditions. To date, the North Korean government has failed in its duty to provide for it’s starving people. The North Korean government has actually refused foreign aid.

Columbia:

A 40 year civil conflict and the illegal drug trade have caused mass displacement and poverty.

Democratic Republic of Congo:

3.4 million people have been internally displaced as a result of a continuing internal conflict.

Mali:

They are struggling to cope with the devastating impact of a recent drought.

Southern Africa:

Erratic weather, lack of seed and fertilizer, chronic poverty, and AIDS have been contributing factors to starvation.

These are the areas of the world which are currently suffering the highest levels of malnutrition and hunger. With this understanding of where relief efforts are needed, we must address the question of individual response. Are individuals of developed countries donating to relief efforts? Most morally conscious individuals donate to relief efforts when the problem is presented to them.

A major problem in the relief effort is the general population of developed countries not knowing about the current hunger crisis. News organizations, more specifically television news, are not giving enough attention to the global hunger situation. While an in depth discussion as to the reasons for this is outside the purview of this article, a few points can be made.

Evidently, the American TV news organizations, do not think world hunger is much of a story since starvation is a daily occurrence. I suspect, from the perspective of these news organizations, that 24,000 people per day dying from hunger is not a big enough news story. When 1,386 people died from hurricane Katrina, the news coverage was enormous. Five months after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, TV news organizations were still squeezing all they could out of this story. Granted this was an obvious tragedy, but an even bigger tragedy, much bigger, is going on in Africa and the general public does not even know about it.

I have seen little to almost no coverage given by American TV news organizations on the devastating hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. I have only learned of this crisis through RSS feeds on the Internet. Television news organizations such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC are thus far not reporting on this crisis. Hopefully this will change.

It is evident that the American TV news organizations do not really provide total and complete news, rather they screen the events and only provide what they feel may be interesting to their audience. News organizations should present the news and concomitantly maintain high journalistic standards. Maybe these news organizations need to incorporate a higher level of moral obligation into their decision making process, when deciding which stories to cover. In any case, people can not donate if they do not know the problem exists.

We have addressed some key questions in order to characterize the current status of the world hunger situation. We have examined where hunger is the most prevalent in the world today, and we have identified some of the causative factors which contribute to malnutrition, hunger, and starvation. We have concluded that most morally conscious individuals would contribute to the elimination of hunger, if they knew about the crisis. Finally, we have observed that the degree of world hunger coverage by TV news organizations is very much lacking.

Even though TV news organizations have not been covering the current world hunger crisis, by reading this article, you have developed an understanding of the degree to which starvation is prevalent in the world today. If you are reading this in a developed country, which is highly likely since you are reading it on a computer which has Internet access, you have a moral obligation to donate either time or money to help in the elimination of unseen suffering. Winston Churchill once said “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” We must all do our part to eliminate world hunger.

3 Simple Secrets to Controlling Hunger Cravings

Do hunger cravings sabotage your diet? Do you feel like you have no control over your hunger? I am going to share ways that you can regain control over your hunger so you can stick with a sensible diet and lose weight. If you can spare just a couple of minutes right now to read this article you can discover how to get a grip on hunger.

Hunger Cravings

1. Get yourself off the blood sugar rollercoaster. If you are eating a lot of refined or processed foods such as chips, baked goods, energy bars, white breads, etc then you must cut back on these foods so you can control your blood sugar swings.

When you eat refined carbohydrates your body breaks them down quickly into sugar which is dumped into your blood stream, your body then pumps in a surge of insulin to remove the extra sugar and this is often times too efficient causing too much sugar to be removed and you end up with low blood sugar. When your blood sugar drops you get cravings for more sugar to bring up the level and on and on you go feeling totally out of control.

2. Eat protein at every meal. Protein regulates your appetite and helps stabilize your blood sugar level.

3. Rate your hunger. Often times we can mistake emotional hunger with physical hunger. Emotional hunger can be triggered by the sight or smell of food or  even an uncomfortable feeling that you want to push down or suppress with food.

To get back in touch with physical hunger so you can avoid turning to food for emotional reasons your first step is to rate your hunger on a scale of 0 to 10 where “0″ means you are starving. Simply pause a few moments before you start eating to ask yourself how hungry you are and then assign it a number. This will give you invaluable insight into your true hunger patterns.

You can control your hunger cravings using these great tips and for even more great tips follow the links below.

Hunger and Malnutrition – 3rd World Countries Chronic Disease

3rd World Countries like African Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Maldives, Mali, Somalia, Sudan and many more countries suffering from a chronic disease called hunger. Due to lack of growth in human development, economic factor like gross national income and even in leadership – politics the people of this countries are ill with a disease that every mankind should face.

Hunger is defined to be as the sense of wanting food to aid the painful feeling inside your stomach. Not having or wanting something to eat triggers hunger. Based from the 2010 study of worldhunger.org, there are 925 million people suffering on hunger and malnutrition. The huge number of citation is on Asia and The Pacific. While Africa comes next on region that suffers hunger the most.

In the midst of hunger, here comes the domino effect – Malnutrition, Imbalance or lack of supplemental nutrition that’s required to keep a person living healthy, imbalance because a person might be over nutrition or under nutrition.

The most deadly kind of malnutrition is Protein Energy Malnutrition wherein a person suffers malnutrition due to lack of protein and carbo intake. Bear in mind that food is converted into energy through a so call calories.

10 Probable Cause of Hunger and Malnutrition

1. Poor Agriculture Growth
2. Local and Global Economic crisis
3. Lack of basic need supply particularly food and shelter.
4. Unemployment
5. Over Population and No Birth Control
6. Price Increase on important goods and products
7. Lack of Education on Malnutrition
8. Lack of Support and Programs from the Government
9. Poor Political System
10. Corruption

Today is the time, mankind and nations, fight hunger and malnutrition. Offer help on numerous support charity donation organization that fund the cause of defeating this chronic disease – Hunger and Malnutrition.

Best Natural Appetite Controllers – Curb Your Hunger Now!

Appetite Suppressing Foods

You can curb your hunger by eating right foods. You can structure the way you eat to suppress hunger and start losing weight rather easily. No need of depending on appetite suppressing diet pills to control your food intake. Just eat right foods at right times. This automatically results in hunger control and dieting.

Eating wrong foods even in small quantities could negate weight loss. Some foods make you feel hungrier shortly after having them. For example having a candy triggers hunger. Similarly eating a donut or drinking a soda increases your blood sugar levels and causes a hunger spike. Avoid oily snacks, candies, pizzas as far as possible and suppress your hunger.

People with nutritional deficiencies also tend to eat more and more as they feel hungry very often. Most of the times, these type of people satisfy their hunger by eating wrong foods that worsen the situation.

Eat right to Suppress Hunger

Following few rules can take you to the right foods. Get your calories from whole foods, shop around the outside of the grocery store and do not go to the middle isles. You have to avoid all refined carbohydrates such as white bread, rice, flour, tortillas etc. Within a few days you will start noticing changes in your hunger and eating patterns.

This does not mean that you should avoid carbohydrates like a low- carb diet. You can still to have the carbohydrates rich fruits and vegetables in large quantities, if you are hungry.

Vegetables and Geen Salads:

Make it a habit to prepare some tasty green salad everyday. You can add lemon, salt, black pepper and olive oil for making it tasty. You can have it with chicken also. Start taking Fruits preferably apple, pomegranate grapes. Fibrous apples can be great appetite suppressants.

To put it differently have salad or raw vegetable pieces before meals, then keep fresh fruits in front of you while having other food which makes you to keep some space in your stomach for fruits. Then have those fruits. This is a perfect diet meal for you. This does not increase your hunger.

When you feel like having something for time pass, try pickles. It has lowest calories.

Drink at least 10 cups of water daily. If you don’t like water, try cold tea, sugar free diluted fruit juices. Just fill your pantry and refrigerator with fruits, vegetables and whole foods, and eat them to follow appetite suppressing diet.