Poverty Chapter 9 Key Ideas Nations have different standards for poverty Poverty may be main underlying cause of poor global health In low-income countries poverty is tied to health because it relates to poor nutrition Poverty can prevent households from obtaining safe housing, transportation, and other goods essential to health Poverty Overview Leading global killer In the US, responsible for 544 million years of lost perfect health Root cause of hunger, infectious disease and contributes to crime, unsafe housing Obesity is responsible for 149 million years International dollar (INT$): unit of currency that buys the same amount of goods in different countries Calculated using Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) adjustment factor Defining Poverty Each nation has its own standard of poverty and poverty looks different across countries Some have absolute poverty thresholds and others have relative poverty lines Some common global definitions: People living on US$1/day or US$1.25/day (~1.4 billion people) Extreme poverty:
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