by Rukmani Krishna on  November 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM Lifestyle News
Report: Children Hit Hardest By Growing Global Gap Between Rich And Poor
According to a report, the global gap between the rich and the poor is at its highest level in 20 years, and is growing - with children being the hardest hit.

The Born Equal report by Save the Children has stated that the global gap between rich and poor children has increased by 35% since 1990, reports Express.co.uk.

The report said that more than twice the number of poor children die before the age of five than rich children in some countries, and added that it is not limited to low-income countries, as low-income children from rich countries such as Canada are 2.5 times more likely to have problems with vision, hearing, speech or mobility.

The report comes as Prime Minister David Cameron co-chaired a UN panel on global poverty and development in London.

Despite a drop in extreme income poverty globally, which has dropped from two billion in 1990 to less than 1.3 billion today, Save the Children is calling for more to be done to narrow the gap.

Save the Children's chief executive Justin Forsyth, said: "In recent decades the world has made dramatic progress in cutting child deaths and improving opportunities for children; we are now reaching a tipping point where preventable child deaths could be eradicated in our lifetime. But this will only happen if we redouble our efforts and tackle inequality."

Source: ANI

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