The thing about poverty is that it goes beyond money. In a broader sense, it really describes when a person lacks access to resources whether it is money to buy food, ability to get clean drinking water, access to education, or ability to obtain medicine for health. In sub-Saharan African countries, they eat on one meal a day if they are lucky.
Malawi for example faces a large poverty crisis, particularly in the field of medicine. Two of the most prevalent diseases that ravage citizens of Malawi are HIV and malaria. While cures are not absolute for these diseases, there are treatments and vaccinations that are easily available in developed nations that can save millions of lives. Even simple efforts such as providing mosquito nets for malaria are manageable and realistic as a short-term goal. While these efforts are being combatted, they are not enough. NGO’s need more support from developed nations for humanitarian efforts.
Bangladesh faces different but equally troubling challenges. Any class not considered elite, suffers from discrimination and disenfranchisement from simple civil liberties such as workers’ right, fair wages, and safe working conditions.
While protests have been the effects of these terrible circumstances, little progress has been made. The economic revolution in information technology has proven to give more citizens jobs in the country and brought more capital to the country but children still go starved and uneducated. The same situation can be seen in India.
For a large majority of progress in these developing nations, progress is being made. Foreign business from other countries helps provide jobs and pump GDP into the economy but no matter the nominal growth, social issues still need to be address. If a country is healthy and educated, it will be prosperous and these challenges cannot be ignored.