Children in Moldova remain disproportionately poor.
Although in 2015 social protection spending amounted to 13 per cent of Moldova’s GDP, more than 60 per cent of the social protection budget is spent on pensions. Less than half of families with children were receiving poverty-targeted social assistance within the “Ajutor Social” programme in 2015.
Families with three or more children are amongst the poorest, and both the incidence and the depth of poverty are twice as high among Roma children as among non-Roma children.
Eight in ten poor families with children live in rural areas. Risk to be poor for children from villages is three times higher compared to children from urban areas. Use of improved sanitation facilities varies greatly between cities and villages: 75 per cent of the urban population uses flush toilet facilities, compared to only 9 percent in rural areas.