Multidimensional poverty impacts early childhood in Panama
Panama, Oct 16 (Prensa Latina) Some 264,000 children aged birth through five years currently live in Panama in multidimensional poverty and with a lack of basic services such as health, education and housing, among others, President Laurentino Cortizo said.
During a working tour through several low-income communities on Thursday, the president highlighted the role early childhood plays in the life of the human being, especially in the development of their potentialities and abilities.
For this reason, the signing of the Comprehensive Protection Law for Early Childhood and Early Development is not accidental. This law sets a precedent in the country when it is expanded to eight years as the World Health Organization establishes, Cortizo said.
According to an official press release, the law is the first in Panama that guarantees services and care for childhood in aspects such as health, nutrition, early learning, identity and breeding with adequate guidelines.
According to the recent Multidimensional Poverty Index, almost a quarter of the Panamanian population lacks education, housing, sanitation, work, health and water, among other basic services.
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