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Blindness & Poverty

Poverty is the source of many of the world’s global health problems.  There are currently 75 million children excluded from primary education in the developing world, and girls are significantly more likely to miss out than boys. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are currently 18 million girls out of school primarily because families are more likely to take their daughters out of school than their sons to help with sick or frail relatives.

Inequalities such as these have a trickle-down effect of limiting human and social development and denying girls the opportunity to escape the poverty cycle. This creates a double disenfranchisement for women and girls as they become the last in line to receive medical attention and the first to drop out of education.  In other parts of the world such as Costa Rica, absent fathers mean that mothers struggle to feed their young children.

Solving in-country inequalities like these will help to reduce the vicious cycle of poverty within many impoverished countries.  But solving inter-country inequality will reduce poverty even further.  Technology transfer can close the gap between rich and poor by spreading modern, up-to-date technologies to the developing world at affordable prices.  Out duty as humans is to reduce poverty by continuing to spread technological progress.

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