Scientists alert: poverty will have an impact on Spanish children’s health

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THERE is enough scientific evidence to affirm that the level of childhood poverty in Spain will leave permanent effects on the health of Spanish children for the rest of their life, says report.

The Spanish Society for Public Health and Health Administration (SESPAS), which is formed by 12 scientific and medical associations across Spain alerted in a report that the younger a child is when first exposed to poverty, the more irreversible and permanent the negative effects are.

“There is evidence of a worse general health condition and worse mental health in minors belonging to families at risk of social exclusion who need help to keep their home or who have been evicted,” says the report, and continues: “If this positive trend in terms of social inequality growth continues increasing, future generations will see a higher risk for health problems.”

This is why the SESPAS has urged the governments and public administrations to pursue emergency measures to combat the effects of childhood poverty on the childrens’ health.

The amount of children at risk of poverty has grown from 28.9 per cent to 36.3 per cent between 2008 and 2012, according to the last report released by Unicef.

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