More than 300 million children live in extreme poverty

More than 300 million children live in extreme poverty

Hunger. Children open oysters in a poor area of ​​​​north Jakarta, Indonesia.

The latest report from Unicef ​​and the World Bank warns that minors continue to be affected by the effects of the pandemic.


More of 300 million boys and girls around the world live in extreme povertyaccording to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with the World Bank.

The data show that, although the number of minors subsist on less than $2.15 a day decreased between 2013 and 2022, the effects of the pandemic on the economy have paused this progress.

Specifically, according to the analysis, some 30 million boys and girls have escaped extreme poverty during the last three years if it had not been for the disruptions of covid-19.

By regions, the most affected is that of sub-Saharan Africa. Not only does it register 40% of minors living in extreme poverty, but the region increasingly accounts for a greater part of the global child poverty ratedriven by rapid population growth, environmental disasters and the effects of the pandemic.

In fact, only sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East have seen increase their levels of extreme child poverty in recent years.

Global assessment

The data is known a few days before the High-Level Week of the United Nations General Assembly begins in New York, where the Leaders from around the world will assess global progress on the sustainable development goals adopted in 2015.

According to Unicef ​​and the World Bank, the objective of eliminating extreme child poverty by 2030 will not be achieved to maintain the current course.

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Another of the findings of the report is that the Children represent 50% of the population living in extreme poverty, even though they are only a third of the world’s population.

The figures are especially worrying in countries in conflict, in rural regions or in homes where the heads of the family have not had access to education.

In these types of situations, minors do not have access to food, hygiene or health care. EFE

Unicef recuerda que la inversión en ayudas económicas para padres y madres es una medida efectiva para reducir la pobreza infantil.

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