Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The "Thank Gawd For Shit" Campaign: Poverty, Child Mortality & The Great Divide

Victim of Faulty Health Care Distribution & Poverty: A one-year-old baby suffering from malaria is treated at a Medecins Sans Frontiere hospital in Monrovia.

While many of the developed nations today are suffering from the ill-effects of yet another economic depression, much has been written about the struggling middle class and their mortgages; more and more people are getting depressed over their lost pensions, and people in general are, well, not doing very well in terms of wealth and spending prowess.

It is human nature, I guess, to whine and bitch about the rich, obnoxious fat cats (or CEOs), with their limousines and extravagant lifestyles, and how their unscrupulous dealings have snowballed into the economic crisis we know today.

What is hardly mentioned, however, are the impoverished children, children we hardly ever see mentioned on the news, the disturbing photos of bloated, emaciated children who die by the millions every year because of a lack of the most basic amenities and the most basic medical health care.

Shocking Statistics

As citizens living in the 21st century, it is almost impossible to fathom how some of the poorest nations, which makes up a staggering 3 billion people, get by with less than $2.50 a day (World Bank, Aug 2008), & 80% of the world gets by on less than 10.

Such appalling statistics translates to even more staggering news when it comes to standard healthcare and medical services.

According to the latest WHO report:

1. The differences in life expectancy between the richest and poorest countries now exceed 40 years.

2. Of the estimated 136 million women who will give birth this year, around 58 million will receive no medical assistance whatsoever during childbirth and the postpartum period.

3. On a global scale, the average spending on health care for all government expenditures can range from US$20.00 to US$60.00 per annum.

4. Exponential increases in healthcare drives 100 million people below the poverty line on an annual basis.

5. Child mortality rates coincides with wealth distribution: In Nairobi, for example, the under-five mortality rate is below 15 per 1000 in the high-income area. In a slum in the same city, the rate is 254 per 1000.

Thank Gawd For Shit

As you spend the day fretting about
the economic crisis, or selling your favorite Ferrari at a hefty loss, just remember that 25,000 children under five have perished while you spent your 24 hours fussing over your sorry loss.

And if you are a Christian who thinks that Gawd does love all those innocent, wide-eyed children, as so depicted in Jebus paintings
, then he really is not doing a decent job in keeping children alive. Makes all those "pro-life" fetus lovers of Jebus look really stupid, if you ask me.

Of course, a Christian has his right to kissing a deity's ass: After all, Gawd of the Scriptures (Koran or Jewish) isn't quite as cuddly as religious people are apt to believe. Keep in mind, though, that if your omnipotent Gawd exists to fuss over our puny existence, there is but one option left for your pious, sheep-life, mangled brain:


-"Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit. "

~Eli Khamarov, Lives of the Cognoscenti

Gawd hates children: 25,000 dead children everyday. That's like slamming a hundred 747 Boeings into skyscrapers every single fucking day. This one sure rates highly on my shit factor scale.
Shit Factor: 9.5/10.
(Just slightly shy of a perfect score. Keep up the good work, Jebus!)