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Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

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(Foreground) two small children wash their hands with soap at a hand-washing station at the Sayariy Warmi early childhood development (ECD) centre in Sucre, the capital. UNICEF supports ECD centres throughout the country. In December 2013 in Bolivia, economic growth and government investment in basic social services continue to improve the lives of children and families. The country has achieved many Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including regarding extreme poverty, malnutrition, literacy, and gender equality; and a number of others are also on track. However, despite notable progress that includes increased safe water and sanitation access, reduced infant mortality and a decline in chronic malnutrition among children under age three, challenges remain. Income, geographical and other disparities persist, particularly in rural communities. Despite a low unemployment rate, poverty remains high –with 45 per cent of the population living below the national poverty line. According to most data currently available, 11 per cent of children between the ages of 5 and 13 are involved in some form of labour, irrespective of their gender, with children sometimes working in dangerous conditions in the country’s harshest jobs – such as mining – to help support their families. Challenges in preschool and secondary education are many, although education and other social expenditures on behalf of children have increased. Current available maternal mortality rates are high, and neonatal mortality has little changed. The country also still lags behind in ensuring children’s right to an identity, especially in vulnerable communities. Working with the Government and United Nations and other partners, UNICEF supports health, hygiene, nutrition, education, safe water and sanitation, protection and emergency interventions.

(Foreground) two small children wash their hands with soap at a hand-washing station at the Sayariy Warmi early childhood development (ECD) centre in Sucre, the capital. UNICEF supports ECD centres throughout the country.
In December 2013 in Bolivia, economic growth and government investment in basic social services continue to improve the lives of children and families. The country has achieved many Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including regarding extreme poverty, malnutrition, literacy, and gender equality; and a number of others are also on track. However, despite notable progress that includes increased safe water and sanitation access, reduced infant mortality and a decline in chronic malnutrition among children under age three, challenges remain. Income, geographical and other disparities persist, particularly in rural communities. Despite a low unemployment rate, poverty remains high –with 45 per cent of the population living below the national poverty line. According to most data currently available, 11 per cent of children between the ages of 5 and 13 are involved in some form of labour, irrespective of their gender, with children sometimes working in dangerous conditions in the country’s harshest jobs – such as mining – to help support their families. Challenges in preschool and secondary education are many, although education and other social expenditures on behalf of children have increased. Current available maternal mortality rates are high, and neonatal mortality has little changed. The country also still lags behind in ensuring children’s right to an identity, especially in vulnerable communities. Working with the Government and United Nations and other partners, UNICEF supports health, hygiene, nutrition, education, safe water and sanitation, protection and emergency interventions.

Source: United Nations News Centre – Despite gains, 2.4 billion people worldwide still lack basic sanitation – UN report

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