UNICEF Warns 48 Pct of Argentine Children is Poor


Buenos Aires, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) A study by the United Nations Children”s Fund (UNICEF) reveals that 48 percent of children and adolescents in Argentina is poor, of whom 20 percent lives in ”severe” conditions.
The report released by UNICEF Argentina, which measures multidimensional poverty, takes into account various patterns, from adequate housing to schooling, and specifies that there are a large number of children between 7 and 17 who have never been to school.

For its study, the UN agency relies on researchers from the Institute of Labor Studies and Economic Development of the University of Salta, General Sarmiento National University and the organization Equity for Children to prepare the study.

The specialists drew on the latest official information available for the first half of 2018 from the Permanent Household Survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses and concluded that by measuring multidimensional poverty, 48 per cent of children is poor from a non-monetary perspective (6.3 million).

This analysis takes into account different dimensions that violate the children’s and adolescents’ rights and determine situations of poverty: education, social protection, adequate housing, basic sanitation, access to safe water and a safe habitat, the source specifies.

Data reveal that poverty among children is 10 points above the general population (38 per cent).

These levels are even higher in those households where the head has low educational level and informal jobs, or is unemployed, the report warns.

‘Poverty has the face of a boy and a girl’, said Sebastian Waisgrais, Social Inclusion Specialist at UNICEF Argentina.

The expert said that although poverty levels are very high, there is a drop in all monetary and non-monetary indicators between 2006 and 2018, although the first half of the current year ‘is not picking up the effects of the current macroeconomic and fiscal situation.

According to the revelation, by measuring monetary poverty 27 per cent of the total population lives in poverty (12 million), 4.9 per cent in extreme poverty, 42 per cent of children and adolescents lives in poverty (5.5 million) and 8 per cent of the child population lives in extreme poverty.

The study recommendes to achieve the first goal of the Sustainable Development Goals: ‘to reduce by at least half the proportion of men, women, girls and boys of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions, according to national definitions’.

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