Poverty: Number 1 Public Health Concern

Poverty has always been the main concern not just in America but everywhere else in the world. Some countries have it worse and some don’t have it as bad. There are over a billion people living in extreme poverty around the world and most of them suffer from infectious disease, hunger, and high infant mortality. Just in America alone, there are over 50 million people living in poverty and the number just keeps rising every day. It prevents people from getting access to medical care, prescription drugs, and adequate nutrition. Poverty is the number one public health concern that needs to be addressed.

When it comes to poverty, most countries in Africa have the highest rate of poverty. According to the article,10 Facts on Health Inequities, “They are at least 16.000 children dying every day of pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, and other diseases and most children are 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 in sub-Saharan Africa than the rest of the world. Children from the poorest 20% of households are nearly twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday as children in the richest 20%” (slide 2). This shows that poverty does lead to ill health. Living in poor conditions or even overcrowded conditions can result in the spread of airborne diseases like tuberculosis and respiratory infections. And in a lot of countries in Africa, there are issues of lack of food, clean water, and sanitation which can also be fatal. The main cause of poverty in Africa is poor healthcare because ” the poor cannot afford to purchase what is needed for good health, including sufficient quantities of quality food and healthcare itself”( Project, para. 7).

When looking at the top causes of poverty around the world, the top 5 are inadequate access to clean water, little to no access to livelihood or jobs, inequality, poor education, and poor healthcare system. A person’s education level, employment status, and income level all affect how healthy a person is (10 Facts on Health Inequities and their Causes, para.1). This means that people that are in poverty are at a higher risk and people that are higher in the socio-economic position have better health because they have access to better healthcare, better education, and better jobs. But when it comes to the inequality of income, it seems almost impossible to eliminate, but just leaving it as it is “these permissible income inequalities will (continue to) generate health inequalities if they are left in place” ( Sreenivasan, para. 69). Furthermore, the reason why poverty remains is that when a child has poor health and are living on less than $1 per day, it affects their school performance and that leads to the inability to find good work and to support the next family so basically, the cycle of poverty never ends. People who are enduring poverty like mentioned above are less educated and that results in them having less knowledge about activities to promote health and when to access health care.

Poverty and poor health worldwide are related. Political, social, and economic injustice are the main causes of poor health for millions of people globally and poverty is a cause and consequence of poor health. In order for poverty and poor health to be tackled, the economic and political structures which sustain poverty and inequality need to be transformed. Everyone deserves health care services but currently, millions of people are being deprived of those services because they don’t have the money and access for it. To help reduce poverty, it is important to make sure millions of people have improved nutrition, have access to safe water and sanitation, and strengthening national health systems. Along with other parts like making sure children have access to education, and the parents who need to provide for their children to have access to good-paying jobs. Tackling the structural causes of poverty is what will help millions of people.


“10 Facts on Health Inequities and Their Causes.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, 21 Apr. 2017, http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/health_inequities/en/.

Project, Borgen. “Identifying the Multiple Causes of Poverty in Africa.” The Borgen Project, Borgen Project Https://Borgenproject.org/Wp-Content/Uploads/The_Borgen_Project_Logo_small.Jpg, 16 Dec. 2019, borgenproject.org/causes-of-poverty-in-africa/.

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “Justice, Inequality, and Health.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 27 Aug. 2014, plato.stanford.edu/entries/justice-inequality-health/.

How BTS has transformed the music industry.

When talking about Asian artists in the music industry in America, there aren’t many that you could recognize off the top of your head.

Asians in the music industry are considered a minority group because before BTS, there weren’t many that I personally could think of. BTS debuted in South Korea in 2013 and like any other groups, they weren’t that popular but compared to other kpop groups they had it the hardest because their company, Big Hit, was grew with BTS so there weren’t many supporters or a good background to start with.

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And by 2017 they were the biggest k-pop group by being the first korean group to be nominated for the BBMAs and beat Justin Bieber who has won the BBMAs for 7 consecutive year. And since then, they have won 4 BBMAs consecutively. This is a huge deal! No other Asian artist have achieved this and they technically have paved way for other Asian artists as well. And BBMAs aren’t their only achievements, BTS also made history by being the first k-pop group to perform at the AMAs which really solidified their group status of not just in genre of k-pop but entertainment as well! BTS was also the first k-pop group to be invited to the Ellen Degeneres Show, The Late Late Show with James Cordon, and on Jimmy Fallon. Their recent achievement was performing at the Oscars.

From Youtube to Billboard charts, they have broken records with every new album they have come out with. Other than Youtube and Billboard charts, they have taken over every other media platforms.

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A lot of people wonder why they are a huge deal but I say they deserve all the hype that they have right now. BTS has changed the music industry by becoming one of the biggest musical acts in the world without making an English language song. In one of the many interviews they had, they were asked if they would ever make a song in English and not Korean, they said they have chosen to remain true with their k-pop root instead of looking to cross over with an English hit. RM, the group leader replied, “We don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one”. One amazing thing about BTS is that they are still able to have an emotional connection with fans through their music even if it isn’t in English. I think that’s something that is unique and rare. And if you haven’t checked out BTS yet, do it and I promise you won’t regret it! Ps. They have one of the biggest fan base in any artists currently.