August 24, 2022
Child agencies point finger at economic ill health
A new report has painted a grim picture of health and welfare outcomes for pre-schoolers living in low-income families.
The report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child by organisations including Save the Children, Child Poverty Action, Plunket and the Council of Christian Social Services paints a picture of economic ill health.
Save the Children research director Jacqui Southey says the inequities are shocking and deep, such as the figures on sudden unexplained death in infancy.
“Pepi Maori are nine times more likely to die of SUDI, Pasifika six times more likely than non-Maori or non-Pasifika infants so that’s directly related to inequality and directly related to the housing environments our whanau are living in,” she says.