66% of children in S/L are poor – Child Poverty Report

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in partnership with UNICEF has launched the 2018 Sierra Leone Child Poverty Report. The launching took place on Tuesday 26th November at the Radison Blu Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown. This is the second report launched on the issue. The 2016 report was launched in 2017. The report covers seven dimensional areas under which child poverty was assessed for the year 2017. The dimensional areas include: nutrition, health, water, sanitation, education, information and shelter. According to the report, a child is considered poor if deprived in one or more of the seven dimensions. According to the report 66% of children nationwide are poor. This shows a 10% reduction in child poverty rate when compared to 2010 when it was at 77%. ‘The proportion of poor children significantly declined by about 24% points in urban areas between 2010 and 2017, while child poverty slightly increased in rural areas from 85% to 87%’. In the urban area the percentage rate moved from 61% in 2010 to 37% in 2017. The Minister of Planning and Economic Development Francis M. Kaikai said although much remains to be done, they were encouraged that the Sierra Leone child poverty rate declined from 77% to 66% from 2010 to 2017.

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