The United Nations describes 2015 as the “year of action”. More than 150 world leaders attended the Summit at UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September to formally adopt new sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2000 to 2015 included eight anti-poverty targets. They have shown that targets work and were described in the final MDG report as “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history”.

The MDGs have helped end poverty for some, but not all.

Goal One of the SDGs: End poverty in all its forms everywhere


  • 836 million people still live in extreme poverty
  • About one in five persons in developing regions lives on less than $1.25 per day
  • The overwhelming majority of people living on less than $1.25 a day belong to two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
  • High poverty rates are often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries
  • One in seven children under age five in the world has inadequate height for his or her age
  • Every day in 2014, 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict

We work with people affected by neglected tropical diseases such as leprosy and lymphatic filariasis. These diseases are both a consequence and a cause of poverty.

Each person we work with in Bangladesh, India or Mozambique has individual needs. Poverty is at the heart of their problems if they cannot work because of disability caused by disease. The problems are very rarely about just one person: the whole family is affected if a man cannot walk to work or a woman is unable to cook and look after the home and children.