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Africa hosts nine of the ten poorest countries on earth in terms of per capita gross domestic product.
Nearly 70 percent of all impoverished Africans live in rural communities and depend on agriculture for their food and income. These communities often lack basic necessities such as medical care, clean water sources, sufficient sanitation systems and electricity. Children are rarely privy to primary education in comparison to their urban counterparts. Also, access to suitable health care continues to be a major issue. Food security has become such an obstacle that 45 percent of all deaths to children under 5 are a result of malnutrition.
The United Nations Human Development Index combines statistics in education, living standards and health to determine the overall range of ongoing development at the personal level, showing that people and their capabilities “should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country.” Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for over 80 percent of all countries listed in the low human development category, the lowest category, including the bottom ten.
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