Today, more than 820 million people regularly go to bed hungry. That’s one in nine of the global population. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Undernutrition is the cause of around 45% of deaths among children under five.
Hunger increases one’s risk of chronic diseases. Hunger traps people in poverty. Hunger kills.
In Johor, 15,597 employees are facing unemployment or salary reduction throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO). This means the poverty statistics will need to be recalculated and the number of people going to bed hungry in our beloved state becomes a guessing game.
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Households which were already facing financial stress can’t cope with fulfilling their basic needs of functioning and to cater to the needs of the household. The ripple effects of hunger can be huge as societal impacts can range from psychological disorders to an increase in crime.
Social Hero Foundation (SHF) and Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) which has around 60 Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and 60 Non-governmental individuals (NGIs) in our IMSHA Winners Network saw 25 of our Hero organisations and individuals mobilising aid to help disadvantaged communities such as the poor, the stateless, the homeless and refugees in the city.
The report will help to briefly capture the work of these organisations, the reach impact as well as the financial expenditure from the 18th of March till the 12th of May 2020.
Without the involvement of NGOs and NGIs, we will not be able to close the gap of disparity and effectively reducing inequality.
The report is available for download on Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards Facebook page.