As of today, I still have not made any contact with my outside professional contacts. Therefore, I am giving insights on the poverty in Mongolia. The CHIP programme emphasizes the importance of preventing poverty in the particularly vulnerable first years of life thereby reducing the chance of poverty persisting over an individual life course or through the generations (http://www.childhood poverty.org/index.php).
One of the countries that are related to the CHIP program is Mongolia. Mongolia was a strong country but transitioned into poverty because they became an open economy. This transition affected many of the Mongolian families. There is an inequality of services provided to the rich and poor families of Mongolia.
The three insights that I gained from reading this article is:
1. The Mongolians used to get accessible and high quality healthcare before the transition. The quality of services is bad and those who can often turn to private health clinics for treatment, further increasing the gap between rich and poor. In certain areas the quality of healthcare is very poor. They are also tackling the issue so that they can help defeat poverty.
2. They have a very high increase of families beneath the poverty line. Many children who are poor live in female headed households. Poverty is higher in urban areas than rural areas.
3. Many of the children have to find jobs which cause them to drop out of school. The children have a responsibility to bring money into the home. Poverty really has had an effect on the educational process of the Mongolian children.
Mongolia has been increasing their knowledge on the poverty issue by comparing their social and economic growth to other areas around the world. They also are doing research on what is actually causing poverty in these areas. The Mongolians are also reaching out to the policymakers to help reduce poverty.
Childhood Poverty Research and Policy Centre’s (http://www.childhoodpoverty.org/)