Government scales up efforts to combat child poverty

The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has vowed to enhance its efforts in reducing child poverty in the country.

This follows a recent survey report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund- UNICEF, which revealed that child poverty rate has reduced by 2.95% from the initial 63% to 60.5%.

Director of Child Affairs in the Ministry McKnight Kalanda said although the decrease in the figures seems to be impressive, there is a lot that needs to be done to combat the challenge.

Kalanda disclosed that the ministry is working together with various stakeholders in the implementation of various initiatives that are aimed at combating the problem at all levels in the country.

He highlighted the availability of the action plan for vulnerable children, early childhood development program and inclusive free education for everyone as some of the initiatives that government is implementing to combat the problem and its effects on children.

UNICEF conducted the survey with support from government and the National Statistical Office (NSO).

The survey was based on the dimensions of Health, nutrition, protection, education, information, water, sanitation and housing.

The survey revealed that child poverty rate has dropped from 63% to 60.5%.

The survey also indicated that 57.7% of children in the country are living below the national monetary poverty line compared to 51.5% of the total population.

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