They warn that there would be fewer resources for infants in 2022

Social organizations warned that within the framework of the budget discussion for 2022, spending on children in Mexico would decrease, which has generated serious concerns about meeting the needs of children and adolescents in Mexico.

During the virtual forum “Analysis of the PEF 2022: for a childhood and adolescence with a budget”, organized by the Chamber of Deputies, Aránzazu Alonso, a member of the Pact for early childhood, highlighted some concerns on the part of the more than 400 social organizations that make up the collective.

He indicated that although by 2022 it is expected to increase the resources for the Insabi Health Care program by 30%, when analyzing how much of these resources will be allocated to children under 18 years of age there would be a cut of 65%, in addition that when you look at the labeling for early childhood, the decrease would be 91 percent.

While in the program of health care and free medicines for the population without social security, also from Insabi, in global figures it would have an increase of 4%, but when it comes to annex 18, which is related to resources for minors of age, the cut for 2022 would be 31% and 47% in the case of early childhood.

For her part, Arianna González, on behalf of Unicef ​​Mexico, said that by 2022 Mexico has an estimated expenditure of 2.9% of GDP and 10.2% of total expenditure for children and adolescents, which means a loss of representation, since in 2019 these items were placed at 3.06% and 11.5% respectively, while last year the figure was 3.04% of GDP and 10.9 percent.

Likewise, it was said that only 5.6% of transfers, allocations and subsidies will go to minors in 2022, that is, only 2% of total public spending. It was highlighted that in this area representation is also lost, since in 2019 the number of transfers, allowances and subsidies for minors was 8%; in 2020 of 6.5%; and in 2021 of 6.1 percent.


It was also said that for next year in education there will be no major extensions. For 2022, 859,453 million pesos are expected for the sector, which represents an increase, in real terms, of 1.9% compared to 2021.

The latter is part of challenges such as dropping out of studies due to lack of access to technologies to follow distance classes and high levels of educational lag due to the pandemic.

Social organizations called to halt the downward trend in resources for children and adolescents in our country, in addition to reviewing the budget allocation of the vaccination program, since only 40% is intended for minors.

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