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Issues facing children in Georgia
- Poverty is a serious and growing problem among families in Georgia.
- Immunization rates are only around 75 per cent for polio and diphtheria; less than half of children are immunized against hepatitis B.
- Ongoing conflicts in the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions have displaced a thousand women and children. In these regions, health services are scant, immunization rates are lower than elsewhere in the country, schools are deteriorating and malnutrition is a serious problem. Overall, Georgia has approximately 180,000 internally displaced persons.
- The quality of public education suffers due to inadequate expenditures. Teacher salaries are very low. Many schools are in poor physical condition; fixing them would be prohibitively expensive.
- The total number of preschools has dropped by more than half since 1990, and enrolment rates are low.