65% OF ARMENIA'S CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES LIVE CLOSE TO POVERTY LINE - UNICEF

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December 03, 2012 | 16:29

YEREVAN.- Sixty-five percent of children with disabilities are close
to the poverty line, says the report by UNICEF Armenia office presented
during a press conference on Monday.

According to the report, the number of children with disabilities in
Armenia may be underestimated. The official data says Armenia has
only one percent of children with disabilities (8,000). However,
the UNICEF report shows children with disabilities make 2.5 percent.

Thus, most probably, Armenia has about 12,000 children with
disabilities who are not officially registered. There are several
reasons, one of them being the family is not applying for their child
to get a status of a disabled.

Sixty-five percent of children live in poverty spending $3 per day
(the threshold of poverty in Armenia is $97.1 per capita per month).

Eight percent of children live in extreme poverty, or spending less
than $2 per day (the threshold of extreme poverty in Armenia is $57.2
per month), says the 2012 report on social situation and poverty
issued by Armenia's National Statistical Service .

As noted by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jemma
Baghdasaryan, child disability allowance is about $44 per month. Most
of these families also receive family allowance.


From: Baghdasarian