Social Communication Coordinator and Government Spokesman Eduardo Sánchez Hernández, together with Social Development Secretary José Antonio Meade, held a joint press conference to detail the actions and objectives of the National Inclusion Strategy based on the conviction that it is possible to reduce shortages and increase equality in Mexico.

”The National Inclusion Strategy is the most comprehensive, ambitious, comprehensive and transparent effort undertaken to alleviate poverty”.

Since the start of his administration, President  Enrique Peña Nieto has acknowledged the challenge facing the country as regards poverty. Accordingly, he has launched a crusade to cope with its most damaging expression: hunger.

This Crusade incorporated further efforts, which now comprise the National Inclusion Strategy. In order to implement this strategy, close coordination has been established between government agencies and the authorities of the 32 states and municipalities, as well as companies and civil society organizations.

“The National Inclusion Strategy is the main instrument of change to ensure that more citizens are better fed and have access to health services, better housing, and basic services such as water, drainage and electricity. It is also designed to narrow the education gap, enable citizens to obtain the benefits of social security and cover basic living expenses at stable prices.”

The actions of the public, private and social sectors have been arranged around the methods, criteria and eight shared goals for this year, namely:

1. To reduce the number of Mexicans lagging behind in the education system by 2.2 million. The aim is for more children to be enrolled in preschool and more adults to complete their elementary or middle school education this year.

2. To enroll 21.2 million people in the Popular Insurance Scheme and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to protect the health and assets of the most vulnerable families, as well as students in the public education sector.

3. For more people to have social security through formal employment. The government spokesman said that during this administration, nearly two million new jobs have been registered in the Mexican Social Security Institute, the highest figure in the history of Mexico.

4. For families to have access to housing with cement walls, floors and ceilings, and sufficient space to avoid overcrowding. Through more than 700,000 housing actions over the past two years, better welfare conditions have been created for nearly four million Mexicans.

5. To equip dwellings with basic services such as water, sewage or electricity, in addition to better materials and spaces. Today five million people live better, thanks to the actions taken to provide these services to the most backward communities.

6. To enable the poorest Mexicans to eat better. Millions of beneficiaries of social programs, especially children, pregnant or nursing women, and obviously senior citizens, receive support that contributes to  providing them with a healthy, varied and sufficient diet.

7. To ensure a sufficient supply and stable prices for basic food items The current cost of the basic food basket is the same as it was in December last year.

8. To ensure that more citizens know and exercise their social rights. Since the late 1990s, middle and high school students have been entitled to join the Mexican Social Security Institute, yet they were unaware of this.

“The president instructed this right to be enforced, as a result of which the IMSS made an unprecedented effort to affiliate students.

Next week, the number of students registered will reach five million”.