Inequality in education and health in Bolivia is striking. The gaps in child mortality and malnutrition are wider in Bolivia than in other Latin American countries. Disparities in literacy rates between urban and rural residents are vast. These inequalities suggest Bolivia's failure to ensure equal enjoyment of all people to economic, social and cultural rights.
CESR's fact sheet on Bolivia provides a graphic overview of selected elements of the human rights to health and education, seeking to highlight areas where government efforts to realize these rights may be inadequate. It was prepared in light of Bolivia's appearance before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in May 2008.
The fact sheet is part of CESR's Visualizing Rights series. Each fact sheet focuses on a country and its economic, social and cultural rights obligations. This focus helps enable intergovernmental human rights mechanisms, such as the UN, and national and international NGOs, monitor governments' compliance with their economic, social and cultural rights obligations.
The latest available socioeconomic data is used, taken either from international sources such as the World Bank or the UNDP, or national sources, such as national statistics bureaus. This data is displayed using graphs and charts, and then analyzed and interpreted. This is meant to shed light on the condition of governments' economic and social rights obligations.