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Michael Omidi discusses PEW research that shows a decline in poverty over the past decade.

From 2001 to 2011, nearly 700 million people stepped out from poverty, though many still were barely scraping by. This rise always came with an increase in the global middle class. All of this is from recent PEW research.

According to the research, those considered poor are people living on $2.00 or less a day. The global population in 2001 living in poverty was 29%. That declined to 15% in 2011. While those considered low income, living on $2 to $10 a day, increased from 50% to 56%.

The middle class was classified as people living on $10 to $20 a day, which was 5 times the poverty line used in the study. This of course is within the poverty line of the US, which is living on $15.77 a day for a 4 person household. Researchers feel the $10 threshold globally begins to insulate those from falling back into poverty, based on findings in Latin America. Where in Mexico, Chile and Peru people only have a 10% likeliness of falling into poverty if their per capita incomes is $10.00 a day.

China's growth stood out remarkably. The middle income grew from 3% in 2001 to 15% in 2011. A total of 203 million people passed to the middle income level of $10 a day in that time. China, which accounts for 20% of the world's population, accounted for one-in-two additions to the global middle income population. Far superior than most other countries in Asian and throughout the world. The greater population of Asia combined accounted for the largest growth of middle income compared to other continents.

Only 16% of the world's population lived at the high level of the income scale. Up only 2% from 2001. These were largely people from advanced economies. In the US, median daily income per capita was $56 dollars a day. A total of 88% of the American population lived off of more than $20 a day.

It shows that some progress is being made worldwide. The UN recently announced an initiative to try to eradicate global poverty over the next 15 years. If they are able to accomplish that, it will be a huge success for humanity. The more we are able to create a dialogue on poverty and brain storm solutions, the quicker we can reduce the affects and create a more sustainable future for humanity as a whole.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty a nonprofit that advocates of the elimination of poverty throughout the world.

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Dr. Michael Omidi discusses the problem of income inequality in the U.S.

According to the last U.S. Census, 45.3 million Americans are officially impoverished. However, research suggests that this number may be somewhat misleading.

Mark Rank, social welfare professor at Washington University, and Thomas Hirschl, development sociology professor at Cornell, recently published a long-term study conducted from 1968 to 2011 which focuses on poverty. Their research has revealed that between the ages of 25 and 60, three out of five Americans will live at least one full year in poverty. That’s not even the most shocking part, either: researchers go on to say that 24.9 percent of the population will experience more than five years of poverty, and 42.1 percent will experience extreme poverty.

Rank also suggests that his and Hirschl’s research “indicate[s] that across the American life course there is a large amount of income volatility.” Out of 27 countries that are considered “high income,” the U.S. ranks 27th in median wealth per adult. We also rank 4th on the scale of severe income inequality in the world, according to World Bank statistics.

Rank claimed that in existing research on the subject, there has been a problematic lack of emphasis on relative poverty rather than absolute poverty. He defines relative poverty as a measure of depravation, whereas most would define poverty from a needs-based standard. For example, someone suffering from absolute poverty does not have enough money to cover basic needs in order to survive. Relative poverty, however, is when someone is poor in the context of those around them.

Current statistics (with the exception of this study) use absolute standards. Many argue that this severely underestimates the amount of people actually living in poverty, as it places impoverished Americans on the same scale as impoverished citizens of third-world countries. And when one considers factors such as the extremely high cost of living in many U.S. cities, it becomes even clearer that income inequality is one of the strongest reasons for growing poverty rates.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

Dr. Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that advocates to change poverty in America and around the world.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:39

Kids Brains Hurt by Poverty

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses new research that highlights the true damage poverty causes a child's brain.

Poverty has been widely associated with lower academic performance for children. The longer a child lives in poverty, often the more they fall behind with an academic deficit. A study published on Monday by JAMA Pediatrics wanted to see if there was a correlation between poverty and lower academic performance because of atypical patterns of structural brain development. The results are startling.

The researchers studied magnetic resonance imaging scans of developing children and adolescents age 4 to 22 years of age. In total, they looked at 829 images. These tests included all socioeconomic data and neuroimaging data. Collection of the data occurred from 2001 to 2007. Recruiting was held at 6 data sites across the U.S. and participants were assessed for any factors that may adversely impact brain development. One quarter of the sample reported to be living 200% under the federal poverty line.

The researchers found that poverty was tied to structural differences in several areas of the brain that account for academic performance. For some, the difference in gray matter in the brain was a difference of 8 to 10%. These differences accounted for the children's academic difficulties.

The researchers concluded that the effect of poverty on learning was mediated by the differences in the structures of the children's brains. They suggested for those living 150% below the federal poverty line, extra resources should be targeted during early childhood to help remediate the early childhood environment. For a family of four, the federal poverty line is earning an income below $24,000.

This research shows that those living in poverty have large gaps to overcome that are structural in the brain. If they aren't given the proper resources, they will most likely have a difficulty advancing academically and into a higher earning career later in life. These children must be targeted to ensure they get additional resources need to advance in life. If not, poverty will continue to be perpetual in nature, and remain an ongoing problem.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

Dr. Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that advocates to change poverty in America and around the world.

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:57

20 Percent of US Children Living in Poverty

Dr. Michael Omidi discusses recent PEW research that analyzes the rate of child poverty in America.

According to the PEW Research Center, a total of 20% of children in America were living in poverty in 2013. That is roughly 14.7 million children. This number is down from 16.3 million children in 2010, which represented a rate of 22% of American children. Unfortunately, these numbers are still too high and unevenly distributed between different racial backgrounds.

Asian children had the lowest number who were living in poverty in the US according to the research. They had half a million or so children living in poverty. The data was pulled from US Census' “Income and Poverty in the United States.”

For the first time since the census began, white and black children had near equal numbers of children living in poverty. There are roughly 4.1 million black children living in poverty and 4.3 million white children living in poverty. This comes out to be about 2 out of every 5 black children who are living in poverty.

Out of all demographics living in poverty, children are sadly the highest group living in poverty. This is largely in part because they are unable to fend for themselves, and require care from a parent or guardian. Children are considered to be those 18 years of age and younger.

The population fairing worst is the children in the Hispanic community. In total, 5.3 million Hispanic children were living in poverty in 2013. The Hispanic community has seen a rise in child poverty over the past decade.

It is saddening to see that nearly a quarter of American children have to endure the hardships of poverty. They are helpless and forced to live in less desirable circumstances where some of their basic necessities aren't being met. We must do more as a country for our nation’s children. Through supporting charitable organizations, volunteering and reaching out to your elected officials, you can try to make a greater impact in order to allow these children a brighter future.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

Dr. Michael Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that advocates for the elimination of poverty throughout the US and around the world.
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Julian Omidi discusses a report by UNICEF which shows millions of children are being left behind in poverty.

Tuesday, UNICEF released a report showing the failing global efforts to help children living in poverty. These results should be alarming to anyone who cares about the impact of global poverty and the well-being of children. Today, let’s look at the data from the report and how it children are being left behind. According to the report, the world's poorest children are twice as likely to die prior to their fifth birthday. What's worse is the rate at which children are dying, within a few days of their birth. These statistics should be startling.

Now, there has been some progress on the poverty front. From 1990 to today, poverty has reduced from 1.9 billion to 1 billion. Of these, 47% of people living in poverty are under the age of 18. Meaning, nearly half of those living in poverty today are children.

The severity of the quality of care is heavily dependent on the country. In India, nearly 60% of people living in poverty live on less than $2.00 a day! That's the price of a small cup of coffee in America. The agency warns that by 2030, nearly 68 million children under the age of five could die. What's more, 119 will be malnourished. This doesn't even account for disease caused by poor living conditions.

This report makes it clear that children are at jeopardy. Maternal mortality rates are down by 45% showing that mothers are less likely to die, but their children are still at risk. More needs to be done on a global level in order to help these children in need.

You can help by working with charitable organizations that help children in need. No More Poverty works to educate people about the global poverty problem while working with other charitable organizations that help people in poverty. Only through action can the problem be solved.

Julian Omidi,

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that works to stop poverty throughout the world.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:52

Poverty's Impact on Women and Children

Julian Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty, discusses the impact poverty has on women and children throughout America.

Often when poverty is discussed in the media, the emphasis is on national statistics. Contributors discuss the federal poverty line and the national average. What is often left out are the individuals who are most heavily impacted by poverty, women and children. Recently, Save the Children released their 2015 State of the World's Mothers Report, which focuses on the impact of rapid urbanization on the world's poorest women.

The report focused on the relative health and well-being of young women and children throughout the world. In overall performance, the US slipped to number 33 on the list of 179 countries surveyed, even though we are one of the wealthiest countries in the global economy. What's more alarming is the number of infant deaths that occur in our individual cities.

Of the world's richest capitals, our nation's own capital Washington DC was found to have the highest rate of infant mortality. In Washington, 6.6 babies die per 1,000 births. What's worse is that America also has a high maternal death rate. One in 1,800 women face potential maternal death. This is significantly higher than other countries.

The capital isn't the only city that faces these statistics. In New York, 4.6 out of every 1,000 live births are said to end in death. In specific areas of New York, like the Bronx which is the poorest community, there is an infant death rate of 5.7 to every 1,000 live births. Infant mortality rates expand further than at birth, it includes up to the first year of life. Some of these statistics are influenced by factors like the amount of urbanization and industrialization that could be unhealthy for a newborn child.

It is clear from these figures and the report that America has much to improve when it comes to the health of mothers and children who are living in poverty. Compared to other developed nations, we are slipping. Yet, there is much criticism towards the discussion of poverty within the social dialogue. On the conservative side, there are many people who advocate against anti-poverty measures like national health care and a higher minimum wage.

We must band together and cross the aisle in Washington if we want true reform. It is the only way to make America a stronger nation as a whole. The inability to do so will lead to more death and suffering, which shouldn't be tolerated.

Be good to each other,

Julian Omidi

Julian Omidi is the co-founder of No More Poverty, a nonprofit that aims to reduce poverty in America.

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:15

Government aid Often Misses the Poorest Americans

Dr. Michael Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Today he discusses how government aid often isn’t accessible to our nation’s poorest.

Last week, The New York Times posted an article examining the distribution of government aid to the economically challenged in America. Throughout, the article raises awareness of those who are often missed in receiving financial assistance. Today, we will address the questions raised and offer suggestions on how you personally can help.

Since the mid-1980s, there has been an increase in assistance to the disabled, working poor and married couples. However, aid directed towards the poorest Americans has shrunk. From 1983 to 2004, aid to families just above the poverty line has nearly doubled. These numbers are in far contrast to those at the bottom of the income gap, those benefits have decline by one-third.

Recent government reform has emphasized rewarding those who are disadvantage that work, are disable and elderly. These are the ‘deserving poor.’ Those who do not work, are generally seen as ‘not trying’. This can be seen through the Obama administration’s proposal for a $500 tax credit to working parents with children, the increase in the national minimum wage and paid parental leave.

Much of this decline started back in the 90s with the Clinton administration’s pursuit to end welfare as we know it. That was in hopes to stop welfare cheats. However, this type of decline in aid truly hurts those who are in desperate need. With all that said, how are the country’s most poor able to get by?

Ending Poverty through Non-Profit Aid

As the article highlight, many of these men and women are forced to look through private organizations for assistance. One such man had help through the Salvation Army and various shelters. Without individual support, it then is left up to charitable contributions from individuals and non-profit organizations.

We here at No More Poverty feel for these individuals. We offer resources to those looking to get ahead by giving access to information on micro-lenders and organizations like GCLearnFree.org, which provides online education regardless of income or circumstances. We also work with many charities that help aid those in need with necessities like groceries, clothing and temporary shelter.

Ultimately, it is important for our government to help their citizens in need. Yet, the politics to do so become very difficult because of disagreeing views from both sides of the aisle. Luckily, our country has so many charitable individuals who want to help provide economic relief to those in need. You can help in that cause by donating to charitable organizations, as well as volunteering your time at shelters. As individuals, we have the power to change our nation. I hope those of you who are able to, do your part to stop poverty.

Yours in health,

Michael Omidi

The Omidi brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi, along with their mother, Cindy Omidi are founders of several charities dedicated to making the world a better place.

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