One-third of Nepalese children live below poverty line: Report

Last Updated: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 22:19

Kathmandu: Over one-third of 12.6 million
children in Nepal live below the poverty line, according to a
report.

Two in every five children are deprived of at least
two basic human needs, the report states.
They suffer from severe malnutrition, have inadequate
access to schooling and deprived of at least one of the seven
basic human needs, according to `Child Poverty and Disparities
in Nepal 2010`.

Nepal made stride in reducing overall poverty as the
trend has declined from 42 per cent in 1995-96 to 31 per cent
in 2003-04, the report says.

However, the pace of reduction in child poverty was
not of the desired level.

According to the report, two-thirds of the country`s
children are severely deprived and 40 per cent are from
absolute poverty category.
Over half of Nepal`s children (55.7 per cent) defecate
in open spaces, it noted.

Vice-Chairman of Nepal`s National Planning Commission,
Jagdish Chandra Pokharel, released the report that was jointly
prepared by Nepal government and United Nations Children`s
Fund (UNICEF).

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 22:19

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