Neonatal and postneonatal nutritional risks (children under two)

Inadequate income —and related shortfalls in material of well–being— together with the mother's low educational level, are major risk factors for a child's health and nutrition. In 1997, in most Latin American countries, the percentage of children under two who lived in extremely impoverished households and whose mothers had a low educational level ranged from 20% to 50% in urban areas and from 20% to 75% in rural areas. Although the figures have declined significantly during the past ten years, it is estimated that in 2000, at least 36% of Latin American children are still seriously at risk of having their development impaired.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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