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Children's health 'at risk' during economic crisis

9th September 2009

The economic crisis is threatening the health and education of the world's children, it has been claimed.

Children's rights to education and healthcare to secure their own and their countries' economic development need to be advanced, according to a special issue of the journal Global Social Policy.

The investigative papers have the support of the United National Children's Fund (Unicef).

Unicef regional director of east Asia and the Pacific Anupama Rao Singh said: 'Poorer families in Asia spend on average 40-60 per cent of their income on food alone.

'Add to this the fact that regional growth will slow by four to five per cent - thereby creating enormous job losses - and it is apparent how this could send millions back into poverty.'

Among developed nations, economic activity is improving, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

The body's index indicates that output among advanced economies is rising in more places than it is falling.

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