Poverty stalks African children
From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – SUB-Saharan Africa has both the highest rates of children living in extreme poverty and the largest share of the world’s extremely poor children.
Ethiopia is the worst affected with 13 Ethiopian children living in poor households. 2 million of these live in extreme poverty.
Children are more severely affected by poverty (32,4 percent) and extreme poverty (5,2 percent) than adults (296 percent and 45 percent, respectively).
The poorest children are found in households whose head is employed in the informal sector. Over 13 percent of these children live in extreme poverty.
These are the findings of the World Bank Group and United Nations Children’s Fund which indicated children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty.
Sub-Saharan Africa has both the highest rates of children living in extreme poverty at just under 50 percent, and the largest share of the world’s extremely poor children, at just over 50 percent. South Asia has the second highest share at nearly 36 percent.
Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty.
Ana Revenga, senior director of poverty and equity at the World Bank, says the sheer number of children in extreme poverty points to a real need to invest specifically in the early years in services as pre-natal care for pregnant mothers, early childhood development programmes, schooling, water, sanitation, and universal health care,” said Group.
– CAJ News
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