"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty."
- Infectious and parasitic diseases
- Respiratory infections
- Perinatal and maternal conditions
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Tropical diseases
- According to the Global Hunger Index,south asia has the highest child malnutrition rate of the world's regions.
- Every year, more than half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth.
- Almost 90% of maternal deaths occur in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, compared to less than 1% in the developed world.
- Women who have born children into poverty may not be able to nourish the children efficiently and provide adequate care in infancy. (The children may also suffer from disease that has been passed down to the child through birth. Asthma and rickets are common problems children acquire when born into poverty)