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March 1993

Health and Social Conditions of Street Children in Honduras

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Sociology (Dr Wright and Ms Wittig) and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Dr Kaminsky), Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(3):279-283. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160270041015

The United Nations' Year of the Child and its Declaration on the Rights of Children have focused the attention of the pediatric community on the situation of homeless street children in less developed countries throughout the world. Recent investigations1-4 document widespread family disorganization, exploitation, abandonment, violence, police brutality, frequent imprisonment of street children in Latin America and elsewhere, and, in at least one case, killing of gaminismos (street children) informally sanctioned and abetted by officials and the media.5 This article presents descriptive data on health and social conditions of street children in Honduras who are receiving services through Proyecto Alternativos, a health education and social services program located in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras.


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