Bolivia Cuts Extreme Poverty by 5%

La Paz, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Development and Planning Minister, Vivian Caro, said extreme poverty dropped five percent in the last four years through socioeconomic programs of the government led by President Evo Morales to improve the living standards of traditionally neglected vulnerable sectors, such as children, women, and the elderly.

  Minister Caro mentioned as successful examples the programs Juancito Pinto for students, Renta Dignidad for elders and the Juana Azurduy for women, which benefit 63 percent of almost 10 million Bolivians. Health care and education were the sectors which have benefitted the most.

The Juancito Pinto subsidy, at a total cost of over $51 million,and introduced in 2009 for 1.8 million primary education students attending school, reduced school dropout rates from 5.3 percent to 2.8 percent by 2008.

The Renta Dignidad benefitted 670,000 people last year, and 366,759 pregnant women received the Juana Azurduy subsidy, which also helped improve the mother and child mortality rates.

Bolivia is also striving to improve income in rural areas through better productivity.

Source: Prensa Latina

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