Ghanaian gov't expands social protection program

09:16, August 24, 2010      

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The Ghanaian government on Monday announced expansion of the coverage of its social protection program, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP), to more beneficiaries in areas around the port city of Tema, about 30 kilometers east of here.

About 393 beneficiaries received their disbursement last February as against that of 277 who benefited in 2009.

470 people in the Tema had also been screened to be added to the program.

Households with three beneficiaries received 12 cedis (8.5 U.S. dollars) and those with four or more beneficiaries got 15 cedis (10.7 dollars) as monthly allowances.

The beneficiaries include orphans and vulnerable children, persons with severe disabilities and the aged above 65 without subsistent support.

George De-Graft Assan, Tema metropolitan social welfare officer, said on Monday that households with one eligible beneficiary were entitled to eight cedis (5.7 dollars), while those with two beneficiaries received 10 cedis (7.1 dollars).

He said his outfit had also counseled beneficiaries of the program on how to use the money judiciously and the need to register with the country's national health insurance scheme to enjoy quality but affordable healthcare delivery.

Ghana had made significant progress in poverty reduction, the improvement in socio-economic development, good governance, youth and gender empowerment and was also the first country in Africa to achieve the UN millennium development Goals 1.

The LEAP program was launched in 2007 as a social protection program to reduce poverty pragmatic steps to bridge the gaps of social exclusion and promote an inclusive society.

Source: Xinhua


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