Mahama to launch Social Protection policy

The policy is expected to be government’s key document to regulate all social protection interventions in Ghana.

President John Dramani Mahama

He will do this at a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection.

Already, according to the ministry over a million Ghanaians have benefited from the various interventions under this policy. 146,074 households in 185 districts, as at January 2016, are benefiting from the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP).

A new category of extremely poor pregnant women and children under one year (7,000 in all), has been implemented and ongoing in the Upper East and Northern region under the LEAP 1000 initiative funded by USAID through UNICEF.

13,015 elderly women and men have already been registered for the Eban Welfare Card which entitles them to 50% rebate on bus fare on the Metro Mass Transit Bus to any destination in Ghana.

With the Eban Welfare Card, these registered elderly persons are expected to receive priority access for service at the Banks, Hospitals and other public services.

To ensure access to healthcare for the poor under the social protection mandate of the Ministry about 1.3 million poor and vulnerable Ghanaians including the elderly, prisoners and kayaye have received free National Health insurance cards nationwide.

The School Feeding Program is currently providing one hot and adequately nutritious meal to 1,728,681 pupils in over 5,000 schools.

A total of about 1,915, 590 pairs of school uniforms have been distributed to school pupils all over the country.

Also 102,074,160 exercise books have been distributed to all basic public schools. All these social protection interventions need a policy to streamline it.

The policy when launched is expected to help grow the social protection interventions in the right direction.


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