Tonight with Lester Podcast

Poor kids lose more in life


Guest : Anusha Lachman

Some 250 million children under five (43%) in low to middle income countries are at a
higher risk of not achieving their full potential due to extreme poverty and not
receiving nurturing care .
Although an increasing number of children in developing countries are surviving
beyond birth, they start life at a major disadvantage because of multiple adversities in
their early, formative years, says Dr Anusha Lachman, the South African representative
of the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH).
The combination of poverty, poor health and nutrition, leading to difficulties in learning
and academic performance, not only affects the child’s future earning potential, but
also contributes to transferring poverty to the next generation.
Joining us on the line is Dr Anusha Lachman who is the South African representative of
the African Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health who addressed
delegates from across the continent attending the third African Diaspora Global Mental
Health Conference in Cape Town yesterday.

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