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One in five children in rich countries ‘lives in poverty’: UN

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Health Desk-- June 15, 2017: A UNICEF report published on Thursday said one in five children in rich countries lives in relative poverty.

About 13 percent of children in those countries lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food, according to the report.

The number is rising to 20 percent in the US and UK, the report said.

“Higher incomes do not automatically lead to improved outcomes for all children, and may indeed deepen inequalities,” said Sarah Cook, director of the UNICEF Innocenti research office that published the study.

Even in Japan and Finland, among the best performing countries in the list, around a fifth of 15-year-olds do not reach baseline educational standards, the report added.