#PoorTravelingMaldives: The people who live in poverty in #Malaysia
Posted September 08, 2019 06:09:48Malaysian authorities say the number of people living in poverty has more than doubled over the past year to more than 3.2 million, up from 2.8 million in the same period last year.
The number of impoverished people has grown by over 500,000 since 2015, when Malawi instituted a government-led campaign to address the nation’s severe poverty.
Malaysians are among the poorest people in the world.
Nearly half the population live in extreme poverty, according to a 2017 report by the United Nations.
In 2015, the country’s unemployment rate stood at 18 percent.
In 2017, the rate stood over 28 percent, according the International Labor Organization.
Malawi also has a high rate of child mortality and maternal mortality, which together make up about 80 percent of all deaths in the country.
In a recent report, the UN said that children in Malawi face a higher risk of malnutrition, underweight, and stunting.
The government’s efforts to tackle the problem have included implementing nutrition programs for children and boosting access to nutrition and healthcare services, according a recent government statement.
The government has also announced an additional $30 million in funding to help address the problem of child malnutrition in the next year.
However, some Malawians say the government’s actions haven’t been enough to stem the increase in poverty.
“It’s not that the government is not working, it’s that the policy hasn’t been focused,” said Nala Ghebirne, who is running for the Malawi Presidency in 2019.
Malawians living in extreme poor countries like Nepal and Bangladesh, where poverty is widespread, have been among the hardest hit.
In Nepal, poverty is estimated at 15 percent of the population, while in Bangladesh, the figure is between 10 percent and 20 percent.