Why does poverty place children at risk?

  • The percentage of low birth weight is high.
  • Teenage and unmarried mothers are common.
  • Poor infrastructure and services – overcrowding, no clean water or safe sanitation, inadequate housing, poor hygiene
  • High levels of stress and threat of violence
  • Poor maternal education and skills training
  • High level of rural-to-urban migration
  • No financial security, with high levels of unemployment
  • General disempowerment of women
  • Malnutrition is common.
  • Poor access to health care
  • General feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and depression
  • Alcoholism and prostitution are common.

Female education and empowerment of women improve the lives of children living in poverty.

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