Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. All 12 countries in South America agreed to this statement, promising to promote social progress and better standards of living for their citizens. To see how well each country is doing in providing for the most basic of human needs, the Social Progress Imperative scored 133 countries around the world in four categories: Water and Sanitation: Can people drink the water without getting sick? Nutrition and Basic Medical Care: Do people have enough to eat? Can they see a doctor? Shelter: Do people have housing with basic utilities, such as electricity? Personal Safety: Are people safe from violence? Do they feel afraid? The following table shows the South American countries with the two highest and the two lowest overall scores, along with their rankings among the 133 SPI countries.



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