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Argentina's Situation

After the great crisis of 2001, Argentina still has much to do.

Here are some important data about the social reality of childhood in Argentina (2010).

  • 66% of children live in homes that have deficits of habitability.
  • 27.9% of children have experienced hunger in the past year.
  • 38.9% of children live in homes that are below the poverty line.
  • 51.1% of children in the lowest social strata did not celebrate their birthday last year.
  • 54.5% of children in the lowest social strata share a bed/mattress to sleep.
  • 44.5% of children between 2 and 4 years old do not attend kindergarten or a child development center.
  • 62% of children between 5 and 12 years old are not active, physically or in sports.
  • 36% of adolescents don’t use the internet.

 Source: www.uca.edu.ar/observatorio

Poverty

About the technical informality of poverty

"Even if the official data of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) claims that poverty affects 12% of residents of the country, some study centers estimate that the index is around 30%. The data that mainly explains the gap between both calculations is the evolution of prices for a basket of basic goods.  These values are used to define what basic income is required for a family to be considered out of reach of poverty. According to the controversial data released by the Government, with a monthly income of at least $1265, a married household with two children is not counted as poor."

Read the article in La Nación by clicking this link

Nutrition

"In February, the prices for basic food went up 2.9%. So, a typical Argentinian family, married with two children, needed 1,174.20 pesos per month to be able to acquire a basic food basket and not be considered indigent. With these values, announced yesterday by the Latin American Economic Research Foundation (FIEL), the cost of the food basket is 102% above the $580.14 that INDEC measured in the month of January for the same basket."

"If private statistics are taken, indigence would affect a minimum of 2.5 million people: five times the official figure."

Read the article in Clarín by clicking this link

 

 
     
 
 
 
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