On 7th July, the Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 was released; showcasing the achievements made on the goals set by the United Nations in 1990 to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

The report proudly declares that the number of people living in extreme poverty has been reduced by 700 million, but the progress has not been equally shared.

The global definition of extreme poverty means living on less than $1.25 (78p) a day. India has the largest share of the global extreme poor, with one third of its entire population in this category.

In 2012, a panel of experts in India fixed the poverty line at 27 rupees (26p) a day in rural areas and 33 rupees (32p) in urban areas. At these levels, it would be very difficult to eat two meals a day.

Since then, a new panel has reassessed India’s poverty line and sets the rate at 32 rupees (31p) a day in rural and 47 rupees (45p) in urban areas.

That means living on 45 pence a day. In India, that’s the price of half a kilo of rice which will feed a family of five for just one day.

As if that isn’t bad enough, the overall cost of food in India rose by 9.5 per cent in May. The prices of milk, eggs, meat and fish rose by nearly 11 per cent, fruit by more than 21 per cent and potatoes by 42 per cent!

We work in some of the poorest areas, including Bihar and Odisha states, with people affected by neglected diseases. Permanent disability caused by these diseases, often leads to loss of income which can have a devastating effect on families.

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