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Choose two specific examples of problems faced by people in developing countries and explain how Christians might apply the beliefs you have identified to the problems.

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Mary-Ann Moloku 1st March, 04 POVERTY AO2: Choose two specific examples of problems faced by people in developing countries and explain how Christians might apply the beliefs you have identified to the problems This essay will be focusing on two specific examples of problems which are faced by people in the Third World countries. The problems of developing countries are inter-linked with crippling poverty of the people because of: the arms race, inability to recover from natural disasters, a cycle of debt, the population explosion, unjust trading conditions, illiteracy and ignorance. One of the problems faced by people in developing countries is famine. More than 15 Million people in Southern Africa are suffering from hunger. ...read more.

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The Brandt Report emphasises that there must be an end to mass hunger and malnutrition. Food aid was recommended, but not at the expense of helping the people themselves to increase their own food production. Christian Aid targeted groups that include households headed by children, the disabled, pregnant women and orphans, the emphasis being on long term development. The following saying emphasises the importance of self-help aid: "Give a man a fish and you feed him, for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for life". Also, other biblical references that Christians will apply their beliefs too are identified in (The Rich Fool) Luke 12:13-21 and (The Widow's offering) ...read more.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated in 1997, that there were 30.5 million adults and children living with HIV/AIDS, 20.5 Million coming from Southern Africa. Newly diagnosed HIV is estimated at 16,000 per day and death due to HIV/AIDS was 2.3 million. Factors that have been contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS are poverty, health care, sexual behaviour, social unrest and war. However, there are numerous foundations which provide a significant portion of the total funding for domestic and international programs to prevent and treat these diseases and to provide care and services to victims. HOPE worldwide organisation, is a non-profit charity based in the USA, began anti HIV/AIDS programs in 1991 and now has over 100,000 volunteers working in 75 nations on 6 continents. Health education efforts focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, tuberculosis, smoking and numerous child hood diseases. ...read more.

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