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A quarter of Argentine children is poor compared to 10.8% for the whole population

Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 08:36 UTC
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A quarter of children below the age of four in Argentina is poor and almost five in ten babies less than six months have malnutrition problems according to the Center for Implementation of Equity and Growth Public Policies, CIPPEC. The data was provided in the CIPPEC website dedicated to make first infancy a priority through a childcare integral policy. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    Sadly, lack of nutrition and lack of parental care has a very negative impact on intellectual development.
    Argentina is a dire place to live these days.

    If you need proof of this, just read the next comment from paulcedron.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 09:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ferdinando

    Paulcedron no reprent Arg peple. He no live here. Fat Max bully thug payd by Castro in london. They feed troll peple bad news to form argument. Only one troll peple here in Arg rest in england

    May 22nd, 2015 - 10:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @2 I don't think you are telling us anything we already suspect.

    Of course, Paulcedron doesn't represent Argentine people.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    This is nothing other than completely shocking and unacceptable that a once prosperous country has fallen so low that small babies are now suffering malnutrition.

    TMBOA should be strung up from the nearest tree ASAP. Nothing will improve until she and her minions are gone.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 11:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Childhood malnutrition and deficiencies doesn't bode well for Argentina's future.

    So many more people with intellectual deficiencies.

    Just what Argentina doesn't need.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    rotting roadkill statistics =exercise of creative fabrication

    Enrique Massot: “Here It is, all the issues of a nation of forty-some million people explained in just seven words. We are all liars.”

    May 22nd, 2015 - 01:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    No doubt significant progress needs to happen, especially in the poorest provinces and in Buenos Aires, where recent statistics pointed to a worsening infant mortality.
    However, “although the infant death rate has fallen 58% in all of Argentina between 1990 and 2013...” tells us again that progress has already been made.
    Of course you can always look at the glass as being half empty, especially when you want to score points for the political opposition.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 01:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    In another thread some time ago, UNESCO statistics for 2014 showed a shocking decline in adolescent statistics regarding literacy, access to potable water, nutricion and an increasing percentage of children living under the poverty level.
    This is a disgrace as historically Argentina, Uruguay and Chile have always ranked very high in UNESCO adolescent rankings.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    7 Enrique Massot (#)
    May 22nd, 2015 - 01:23 pm

    Enrique, a large portion of the success of Argentina in the fight to beat infant mortality should go to the NGO, CONIN whose growth corresponds closely to the improvement in the child mortality statistics. Thanks to Dr. Abel Albino and his team of medicos. Also thanks to Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg, who started the first CONIN in Chile and was the example to Dr. Albino.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 02:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    This is no surprise. Not just children malnourished either. Just walk around BA central districts at night and watch the people gathering up stinking refuse to sell.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    7 Enrique

    It is not about “scoring points for the Opposition”.
    In a functioning Parliamentary democracy, it is a function of the party in Opposition, to raise the issues of government performance and Public Concern, regarding Health, Education, and the Economy, and to debate them publicly in or outside the Legislature.

    That is what holds government's accountable, and ensures good governance.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 02:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brasherboot

    Perhaps Christina should take her own advice.

    Stop buying arms and feed her population

    May 22nd, 2015 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #9 Simon68

    The honored Dr. Fernando Mönckeberg is a national hero in Chile. His family represents the best examples of citizens devoted to dedicated service to their countries.

    The well being of infants and adolescents in Chile was a complete scandal in the 1960s, with those living in poverty reflecting the worst of a second world country. Despite the tremendous advances made over the past half century, Chile still has a long way more to achieve an environment equal to Western Europe and so does Uruguay and Argentina. There is no excuse for anyone of us going backwards.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 03:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    10% of the population of Argentina is not “poor” its indigent. Poor people are considered making U$1-4 and that''s about 30% of the population but probably much more.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @7. How could argie deaths be a bad result? The more argies that die, the better.

    May 22nd, 2015 - 08:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    #11 Troy Tempest
    Totally agree with you about the role of the Opposition.
    Other posters have pointed out it's unacceptable to have children malnourished at all and I agree.
    The fact that only 46 per cent of Argentine children up to six months of age does not receive exclusive breastfeeding points to the effects of years of aggressive advertising of commercial products promoted as “better than mom's milk.” To make matters worse, mixing powder formula with unsafe water increases the risk of deadly infant diarrhea in marginal areas. A huge educational effort is needed to let know mothers that there is no substitute for their milk.
    That being said, I picked up some CIPEC numbers through time:
    In 1999, the mortality for children aged one year or less was 17.6 per thousand.
    In 2011, that number had gone down to 11.7.
    In 1999, the mortality of children aged five years or less was 20.5 per thousand.
    In 2011, that number had gone down to 13.5.
    A handy feature of CIPPEC website allows viewers to quickly visualize the huge disparities by province, which is another unacceptable failure.
    Is there room for improvement? No doubt about it.
    Has the country taken steps in the right direction? Yes.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 12:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    What is shameful and shocking to someone from a civilized country are the number of children, filthy dirty children, selling trinkets in restaurants, banging on car windows in traffic and rummaging through the mounds of garbage every night for a few pesos or just about rotten food.
    It never got better after the 2001 crash and it is only going to get worse from here.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 12:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    @16 Enrique M

    Why is CFK wanting buy military aircraft, (Gripens) and lease other military aircraft from Russia when you have no natural enemies?

    Massive hypocrisy? Considering what she foolishly accused the British of being.
    Your own children starve whilst she postures. I can't believe you support this.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 03:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Nightfall brings an end to the restaurant and street-begging operations, but as they say, this is a city that never sleeps. Between 1 and 4:30 a.m., eight blocks to the west, a truck manned by four teenagers, Luis, Carlos, Luis Alvarez, and Cristián, becomes the destination for dozens of cartoneros. The collectors busily trudge in with shopping carts and burlap bags of full of sorted paper products extracted from the city’s garbage cans. About one in ten of those who emerge from the shadows is not more than four feet tall.

    The story repeats, over and over again, across literally thousands of other intersections, restaurants, cafés, subway stations, alleys. Children juggle, wash windows, sell cheap batteries, vend tissues, bicker and beg outside grocery stores, tag along with their parents collecting garbage.

    Child labor in Argentina is largely informal. By law, the practice is banned. There are no children’s sweatshops, no factories where children manufacture footballs or sort through used syringes. There are, particularly in the Argentine countryside, a number of areas where exploitation of children is just as grave. Child prostitution, declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1999 to be one of “the worst forms of child labor,” has been found to be a real problem in northeastern Argentina. In addition, children who work in occupations like tobacco fields in the northwest face serious dangers. With their smaller height, they are forced into more direct contact with harmful pesticides than their adult counterparts.

    However, the vast majority of child workers are the beggars and jugglers and garbage collectors—more than a million of them—who toil right in and around urban areas like Buenos Aires.
    The UN’s International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates some 1.5 million children are working in Argentina. That’s six times as many as 1995, when the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimated 252,000 child workers.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 11:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    We shouldn't be too harsh on argieland. Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia are all worse. Bolivia manages 45.61 infant mortality per 1,000 compared to argieland's 13.43. As a contrast, the UK manages 4.91.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 01:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    19 YB

    Interesting post YB.

    It is truly depressing to think that is their daily lot in life.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 01:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    #16 Enrique Massot

    With complete respect as I truly believe you truly care about the social welfare of children.

    Quoting statistics from CIPPEC (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimiento) is just as worthless as using the official economic indicators for inflation from the Banco Central de Argentina.

    Argentina is not the only country that gets caught manipulating statistics. A few years ago, Chile was caught falsifying the percentage of persons living below the poverty line. It was a nasty scandal.

    Bottom line: Unfortunately, conditions for children and infants in Argentina are declining, not improving.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 02:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    YB, its not only the kids, its the indiginous who are Cartoneros too. Many live on the street. The scale of poverty in RGland is huge and their own statistics, which do not acknowledge the true state of the poverty and unemployment are a joke. You have to be there to see it in BA, Rosario and Mendoza. Shadows in the night.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    It is a government's failure and there is no excuse for the existence of poor children, malnourished and forced to beg or work.
    Having myself started full time work at 14 and knowing how this can curtail your development, I can see how harsh it's for a child to be in the streets at much earlier ages.
    I will be looking at the ideas of all candidates in the next election on how to address child poverty.

    #19 yankeeboy:
    You have shamelessly cut and pasted text from the Revista-Harvard Review of Latin America and posted it entirely as your own. This is called plagiarism and a show of intellectual dishonesty.
    On top of that, you have used an issue from Winter 2004 which would be fine if you had cared to mention the date. You didn't, so you get a well deserved F in your assignment.
    Google is hard on cheaters.

    May 23rd, 2015 - 07:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    what this government is doing with poverty is a complete disaster.
    of course, the most affected are the weakest, children and elderly.
    that happens when the economy is managed by an inexperienced twat, who insist in applying the same measures, despite the fact that they all failed over and over again.

    now, if you allow me to change the subject, it is a shame that this 4th class newspaper did not say a word about the catastrophic state of slavery in england.

    it seems fatty camoron and his minions are not doing a shite against modern slave traders.
    either he is their accomplice or he thinks he is living in angleterre du 19ème siècle.

    mon dieu...

    “3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam
    Like many Vietnamese children, Hien was brought to Britain for a life of modern slavery. He ended up in prison on cannabis offences. We report on the gangs expanding across the UK and efforts to help their victims”

    May 23rd, 2015 - 10:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Reekie am I back in university and mixed a footnote?
    fcking retard
    I think you get dumber with every post.

    May 24th, 2015 - 01:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    #26 Yankeeboy:
    Don't try to mud the waters.
    You know full well you copied and pasted text from a publication and posted as your own in #19.
    In other postings you showed you know how to place borrowed text between quotation marks and credit the author.
    However, in your post #19 you did none of that.
    Worse, you took an 11-year-old depiction of Argentina reality and posted it undated--making it pass as current.
    In a clumsy attempt to make a point, you did not even attempt to paraphrase or credit, and worse, took outdated material.
    This is the Harvard Review of Latin America from which you took your text:
    As far as I am concerned, your credibility is seriously downgraded and beyond repair unless you recant and apologize.
    Your childish insults do not go through my skin, but I am serious about intellectual dishonesty.


    May 24th, 2015 - 01:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    With all the intellectual retardation that Argentina is creating in its future, can you imagine what the Argentine posters on this site will be like in 20 years time?

    Paul would be considered a towering intellect.

    May 24th, 2015 - 01:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    @27 Enrique Massot

    “Don't try to mud the waters.”

    pot kettle black springs to mind

    May 24th, 2015 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    #29 agent999

    May 25th, 2015 - 05:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @30 We all know YB was quoting in his post. We all do it. You need to try to keep up.

    @19 It is appalling and as one Argentine said to me we should NOT buy anything from the children or give to them begging. In Salta, a particularly poor area, I was warned not to encourage the adults exploiting their children. They had places available in local schools but their parents kept them out to use them as cheap labour. By making them unprofitable there was a chance the children would go to school and move out of the cycle of poverty.

    @23 Mendoza has a lot of these shadow people hovering around the restaurants begging for scraps.

    May 25th, 2015 - 09:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • agent999

    30 Enrique Massot

    but so very true

    May 25th, 2015 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Reekie didn't care about where the post came from and he has no data to prove it wrong so he decided to attack the manner of which it was posted.
    It's weak but its all he's got.
    He's a revolting kidiot, a propagandist with a weak mind.
    He's so stupid he thinks the kthugs actually are making the country better.
    Just like Chavez did.

    May 25th, 2015 - 03:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Daniel Scioli of the FpV leads with 33.1 per cent of intention of vote, according to an opinion poll published by Clarin on May 25.

    Follows: Mauricio Macri of PRO with 32.2 per cent.
    Trailing behind: Sergio Massa at 13.8 per cent.

    Scioli has gained 10 points in two months. Of course, much could change until the October presidential election. However, the progression clearly favours the FpV.

    Clarin, March 25:

    Macri: 26.4 per cent
    Massa: 24.2 per cent
    Scioli: 23.1 per cent

    Not looking too well for the opposition as increasing amounts of Argentines look at re-electing the FpV, in spite of relentless attacks and blatant lies published by dominant media outlets.

    May 29th, 2015 - 12:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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