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  1. Poverty Quiz Use your mouse to click on the correct answer for each question. Start

  2. Question 1 Approximately how many people live in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 a day? Photo: Sean Sprague A) 200 million B) 1.4 billion C) 50 million

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  4. Correct b) 1.4 billion. The World Bank defines ‘extreme poverty’ as living on less than the equivalent of US$1 per day, and ‘moderate poverty’ as less than US$2 a day.

  5. Question 2 How many people suffer from malnutrition? Photo: Sean Sprague A) 380 million B) 680 million C) 1 billion

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  7. Correct c) 1 billion The world produces enough food to feed everyone, yet 1 billion people do not have enough nutritious food to meet their daily needs. How can we address the unjust structures that fail to distribute the food effectively?

  8. Question 3 How many primary school-aged children are not going to school? Photo: Peter Saunders A) 69 million B) 500 thousand C) 46 million

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  10. Correct a) 69 million The good news is that the number of children out of school has fallen, even though there has been an increase in the number of school-aged children. This means more children are going to school.

  11. Question 4 How many children die each year before the age of 5? Photo Credit: Wayne Qulliam A) 27 thousand B) 8.1 million C) 27 million

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  13. Correct b) 8.1 million. The most disturbing news is that the leading causes of childhood deaths - pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and measles - are all easily preventable.

  14. Question 5 How many people have no access to safe drinking water? Photo: Sean Sprague A) 870 million B) 1.4 billion C) 550 million

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  16. Correct • 870 million • In Australia we are fortunate enough to be able simply to turn on a tap; over a billion other people do not have this luxury. Did you know that in a country like Fiji, global companies bottle the spring water to send to places like Australia, yet over half of the population of Fiji does not have access to an improved water source. This is an injustice.

  17. Question 6 How many people do not have access to adequate sanitation? Photo: (c)Adam Hart-Davis A) 1 billion B) 2.6 billion C) 750 thousand

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  19. Correct b) 2.6 billion 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation. If you did not have a flushing toilet or a pit toilet, what would you use? Probably a plastic bag, a bucket or a field. Now imagine 2.6 billion people doing the same thing. Lack of sanitation results in disease, and unfortunately death, for millions of people throughout the world every year.

  20. Question 7 How many people do not have adequate housing? Photo: p. Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas A) 200 million B) 750 million C) 1 billion

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  22. Correct c) 1 billion. Adequate housing is universally viewed as one of the most basic human needs. Despite this, the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements estimates that throughout the world 1 billion people live in inadequate housing, with in excess of 100 million people living in conditions classified as homelessness.

  23. Question 8 According to the World Bank, how many people live in poverty? (<$2 a day) Photo: p. Jeffrey/ ACT-Caritas A) 1.1 billion B) 2.7 billion C) 5 billion

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  25. Correct b) 2.7 billion. Yes, nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty - unable to meet their basic needs.

  26. Question 9 How many Millennium Development Goals are there? Photo: Sean Sprague And … Can you name them all? A) 5 B) 8 C) 10

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  28. Correct • b) 8 • Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger • Achieve Universal Primary Education • Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women • Reduce Child Mortality • Improve Maternal Health • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases • Ensure Environmental Sustainability • Secure a Global Partnership for Development.

  29. Question 10 What percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) have rich countries promised to give by 2015? Photo: Caritas Australia A) 5% B) 2% C) 0.7%

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  31. Correct c) 0.7%. That is only 70c out of every $100 earned. Currently the Australian Government has committed to increasing aid to 0.5% but we still need to reach the target of 0.7% by 2015.

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