In Buenos Aires, public-school cafeterias were struggling to feed every student, so a government increase in spending per plate was a welcome change. But it’s been one year since the increase took effect, and some students are still going home hungry.
In the last decade, thousands of people have received help from government programs in Argentina to counter human trafficking. But advocates say those programs fall short of meeting the needs of trafficked persons, many of them girls and young women forced into sex work.
Since 2004, Argentina's science council has consistently raised the number of researchers hired annually, but the past two years have witnessed a 50-percent drop in annual hiring. The budget cuts have sparked two sit-ins and other demonstrations, as well as uncertainty among scientists and the threat of a brain drain. The previous investment in science had helped markedly to develop a promising vaccine against toxoplasmosis, a dangerous parasite infecting half of all pregnant women in Buenos Aires province.