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Michael Omidi

Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:08

What Does the World Health Organization Do?

Dr. Michael Omidi is a co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Here, he focuses on the workings of the World Health Organization.

The United Nations organization known as WHO (World Health Organization) is almost constantly in the news, but few people know the details about how the entity operates, when it was created and where it operates. Here are some fast facts about WHO, as well as a couple of informative websites in case you want to do some more in-depth study:

• WHO is a specialized agency within the United Nations that focuses on problems of international public health. Founded in 1948, WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is currently led by Margaret Chan.

• One of the first, and most dramatic, successes of the organization was the near eradication of smallpox. Today, its priorities center on various communicable diseases like AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and ebola. One of the organization’s other priorities is “food security and healthy eating,” which of course encompasses the worldwide fight against poverty.

• WHO spends about $4 billion dollars per year on its programs.

• Little-known but vitally relevant is the organization’s official mission statement, which declares that WHO works for “… the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health.”

• The current aim of WHO is a six-fold mission, namely to provide leadership, shape research, set norms, create policy options, offer technical support, and to monitor world health.

• If you would like to volunteer your time or services for any United Nations organization, visit the official UN volunteers website.

• Two sites that will give you a thorough understanding of what WHO does, as well as its history are the organization’s own official website, plus an informational page located at Wikipedia.

The World Health Organization is one of the most powerful weapons we have to fight poverty on a global basis. Learn more about WHO and consider volunteering for one of the many UN programs. You’ll be helping “fight the good fight” against world poverty.

Yours in health,

Michel Omidi

The Omidi Brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi MD, are dedicated to the elimination of global poverty. No More Poverty was co-founded by the brothers.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 22:03

Want to Erase Poverty? Here’s How

Dr. Dr. Michael Omidi is a co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Here, he discusses several things we can all do to fight poverty.

What can we do, right now, to alleviate global poverty? Believe it or not, the most effective way anyone in a developed nation can fight poverty is by donating money to organizations that specialize in eradicating poverty. Those who wish to become more personally involved have many options as well. Here are some ways that you can help starving people get the food they so desperately need. Choose whatever methods suits your abilities and means.

Eliminate food waste: In the U.S. alone, people waste approximately 100 million pounds of food each year! Cutting down on the amount of food waste is not a direct, immediate way to reduce world hunger, but it has a powerful indirect effect. We can strive to purchase only what we need and donate the additional money to our favorite charity. In addition, being conscious of food waste will make us more aware of hunger and thus more likely to join the fight against it.

Donate your time: There are literally thousands of online charities that could use your help with website design, content writing and various other tasks. It is common for non-profit organizations to enlist unpaid, volunteer help to get their messages out. So, go online and donate a few hours each week to an organization that works to reduce world hunger.

Reverse-boycott: That’s right, reverse-boycotting has become the newest wave in the fight against global poverty. It simply means rewarding retailers who donate a portion of their profits to legitimate charities that fight hunger. Nowadays, it’s easy to find local retailers in any U.S. city that have such programs in place. When you buy their products or services, you are directly aiding a worthwhile cause.

There are many ways to join the battle against world poverty in addition to direct monetary donations. If you are not already part of the solution, why not join up today and do whatever you can to help those less fortunate? You’ll be making the world a better place for everyone.

Yours in health,

Michel Omidi

The Omidi Brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi MD, are dedicated to the elimination of global poverty. No More Poverty was co-founded by the brothers.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 22:45

The Real Causes of Childhood Poverty

Dr. Michael Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Here he discusses the true causes of poverty among the world’s children.

What are the root causes of poverty among children? The online publication Poverty Living notes 10 key reasons for the phenomenon of starvation among children, especially in the U.S.

You might notice a common thread that runs through the following list of causes, namely the breakdown or absence of the family unit. That said, here are the 10 causes that the admittedly unscientific analysis came up with, in no particular order:

• Being born into a low-income home: This seems almost too logical, but when low-income families have more children than they are ready for, the cycle of poverty becomes stronger.

• Pregnancy when the parents are not married: An international phenomenon, unmarried parents are more likely to become impoverished than married parents.

• Being born into a single-parent home: Single-parent homes are the most common site for impoverished families.

• Families in which neither parent is educated past elementary levels: Education is seen as the key to poverty elimination all over the world. Education means skills. Skills translate into jobs, and jobs into money.

• Children born into families where the parents are unemployed: Children born to unemployed parents put an even greater strain on financial resources.

• Expenses above and beyond the basic necessities: Many families live just at the breaking point, where a single emergency can break the bank, or what there is left of it.

• Teen parenthood: The younger the parents, the more likely that the family will be, or become, impoverished.

• Drug and alcohol addiction: Needless to say or analyze, when parents are drug abusers, their children are almost guaranteed to suffer in numerous ways.

• Family breakdown as a result of a tragedy: Whether it is a fire, a divorce, a flood or the death of the sole breadwinner, a tragedy often can propel an entire family into poverty in a matter of days.

• Hereditary poverty: While not all those who live in poverty pass the situation on to the next generation, many young, uneducated parents become role models for their own children, who see family units as worthless.

While there are no easy solutions to these problems, identifying the underlying factors that contribute to poverty can help us focus on long-term goals that can end the cycle.

Educating ourselves and others is the best way to effect positive change in the world. With all of us together, we can work toward a world where no child has to grow up in poverty.

Yours in health,

Michel Omidi

The Omidi Brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi MD, are dedicated to the elimination of global poverty. No More Poverty was co-founded by the brothers.

Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:37

Income, Education Dual Factors in Poverty Cycle

Dr. Michael Omidi is co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Here he discusses poverty in American schools.

According to a CNN report, half of all children qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches this year, compared to just 32 percent in 1989. Steve Suitts believes that one of the reasons poverty is increasing, despite the economy being on the rise, is that there are not enough well-paying jobs to help lift families out of bad financial situations.

The performance gap between low income students and those who are not classified as such is large. In 2013, 20 percent of eighth grade students from low income families were proficient in math, compared to 49 percent of eighth graders not classified in the lower income range. The results are similar with reading proficiency. Concerns arise when these students become old enough to enter the workforce. Low income students will enter the workforce ill equipped to compete in a changing economic environment. As workplaces become more technologically oriented, and finding qualified employees becomes more difficult, there almost certainly will not be enough eligible candidates in the American talent pool.

A lack of skills will not allow lower income families to rise out of the cycle of poverty.

DoSomething.org also points out some key facts about students who come from low income families:

• Children who live in poverty have higher rates of school absenteeism or drop out because they have to work or take care of family members.

• Less than 30 percent of students who come from the bottom quartile of incomes go into a four year university, and less than half in that group graduates.

• By the time they hit fourth grade, low income students are two years behind their peers in terms of grade level. When they finish high school, the gap turns into four years.

Education is an important tool to help slow down the cycle of poverty. It provides people with marketable skills and the ability to adapt to a changing workforce. With the demand for technological skills on the rise, it is important for this country to create a good educational foundation for all of its students.

Striving to eradicate poverty can benefit our society as a whole. The easiest way to do this is to make sure low income students get the benefits and opportunities that higher income students have. This would allow those on the lower end of the economic ladder to contribute equally to our society, and possibly even make it better.

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.

Tuesday, 03 February 2015 19:17

Non-communicable Diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending that nations increase efforts to prevent their citizens from dying prematurely of non-communicable diseases (NCD). The WHO recently reported that nearly 38 million lives were lost to NCDs in 2012, and that 16 million of the deaths were preventable, an increase from 14.6 million in 2000.

What are the Primary Causes?

Globalization and urbanization have helped spread unhealthy lifestyles that are threatening public health worldwide. Habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption, eating too much fat, salt and sugar have brought on NCDs such as heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes. These diseases are largely preventable. Approximately 82 percent of NCD deaths that occur before the age of 70 take place in middle and poor income countries where the population is more likely to be vulnerable to harmful products and whose inhabitants have very limited access to healthcare. The deaths are closely associated with poverty, as the premature death of a breadwinner drains family resources and forces many people into destitution. “NCDs are one of the factors that must be addressed in order to alleviate poverty,” says Julian Omidi, co-founder of No More Poverty.

Progress is Being Made

Since 2011, the WHO has been seeking to reduce deaths from NCDs by 25 percent by the year 2025, with guidelines that will address the highest risk factors such as tobacco use, salt intake, physical inactivity, high blood pressure and alcohol use. With 190 countries participating, the organization hopes the governments will help promote healthier habits by restricting advertisements for alcohol and tobacco, and implement policies in agriculture, education, food production, trade, taxation, urban development and healthcare, to help reach its target. Several countries have already achieved progress in some areas: • Turkey reduced smoking rates by 13.4 percent since 2008 through price hikes and a ban on tobacco advertisements. • Hungary registered a 27 percent drop in junk-food sales through high taxation. • Brazil’s NCD mortality rate dropped by 1.8 percent per year with the expansion of healthcare. • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Mexico and the US promote salt reduction in foods and bread. For the full report, Click here.
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