Poor amenities

Basic services can work against poverty but are usually elusive, shows the latest World Development Report

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

-- Developing countries devote more than a third of their budgets on education, healthcare, water and sanitation services, but little is actually spent on the poor

The poor often pay more than the rich for the same goods and travel longer distances to avail basic services

India's richest fifth receives thrice the curative healthcare subsidy of the poorest fifth

Travel to the nearest primary school in Mali at 8 kilometres (km) or the nearest medical facility in Chad at 23 km are unaffordable although the service is free

A Mexican programme giving cash to the poor for visiting a clinic and sending their children to school reduced illness among children by 20 per cent and increased secondary enrolment by 5 to 8 per cent

Source: World Development Report 2004, The World Bank Group, Washington

Absentee service
High absence rates in public facilities reflect a low quality of service
Primary
schools
Primary
health
facilities
Andhra Pradesh
Assam
Uttar Pradesh
Bihar
Uttaranchal
Rajasthan
Karnataka
West Bengal
Gujarat
Haryana
Kerala
Punjab
Tamil Nadu
Orissa
26
34
26
39
33
24
20
23
15
24
23
37
21
23
--
58
42
58
45
39
43
43
52
35
--
--
--
35
Note: all figures in per cent

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