"Child Poverty and Disparities in Egypt"
The study "Child Poverty and Disparities in Egypt: Building the Social Infrastructure for Egypt's future", the first comprehensive study in Egypt which focuses on both poverty and childhood, was launched on February 16th.
The Child Poverty and Disparities in Egypt study, one of nearly 50 country studies initiated by UNICEF and carried out in all regions of the world, uses a rights-based framework to child poverty that defines poverty as multi-dimensional and not only a lack of income or low consumption. The eight dimensions of poverty considered in the study (income, shelter, food, education, information, health, sanitation, water) are interrelated and interdependent. Deprivation of one right is likely to affect a child’s ability to enjoy other rights.
Millions of Egyptian children live deprived of their rights and face the risk of passing this deprivation on to their children. Around five million children are deprived of appropriate housing conditions including shelter, water and sanitation and 1.6 million children under five years old suffer health and food deprivation, according to a study conducted by the Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies (CEFRS), Cairo University.