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1 World Overview in Key Areas Pinar Keskinocak H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology August 18, 2009 Essential components of life Food Water Shelter Sanitation Health Safety Education Environment Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Source: Wikipedia
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2 Food Hunger and malnutrition are the #1 risks to health worldwide Greater than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis combined 1.02 billion undernourished people in the world Æ One in nearly six people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life In 2007, 36.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 23.8 million adults and 12.4 million children 25,000 people (adults and children) die every day from hunger and related causes Key causes for hunger Natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure, over-exploitation of the environment Source: WFP, http://www.wfp.org/hunger , Feeding America Food 148 million children are underweight in the developing world Poor children more than twice as likely to be underweight as rich children Source: UNICEF
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3 Food Food Force: The First Humanitarian Video Game http://www.wfp.org/how-to-help/individuals/food-force Hunger assessment Balance between nutritional needs, local diet and total cost when designing food rations Ability to airdrop food to communities isolated by war and/or geography without endangering lives Focus on the vital, first step in delivering food aid: buying the food. Players must calculate how and where to purchase food in order to satisfy immediate and longer-term needs A key link in the WFP food supply chain that stretches from donor nations via planes, lorries and ships to the mouths of the hungry. The player is responsible for ensuring the safe arrival of a convoy of food trucks, and, like WFP trucks in the field, must negotiate obstacles including land mines, fallen bridges and local rebel forces. Longer-term development challenges which follow an emergency, when the hungry and homeless must rebuild their lives and communities. Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A essential for eye health and the proper functioning of the immune system Milk, liver, eggs, red/orange fruits, red palm oil, green leafy vegetables Vitamin A deficiency Leading cause of preventable childhood blindness 23% greater risk of dying from ailments such as measles, diarrhea or malaria
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