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UNICEF welcomes the introduction of the Child Support Grant to help address inequities among children in Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 April 2015 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the decision by the Government of Thailand to introduce a Child Support Grant scheme later this year. Under the scheme, poor and near-poor families with children will receive a monthly allowance of 400 baht per child from 0 to 1 year of age.

“This is a good beginning,” said Bijaya Rajbhandari, UNICEF Thailand Representative. “Our youngest children are among the most vulnerable members of society and many of them have not been covered by any social protection schemes. The Child Support Grant helps fill this gap by providing a minimum level of protection to children in their first year of life.”

The Child Support Grant is a basic welfare scheme that has been successfully implemented in countries across the world, including the Philippines, Indonesia, and China. Global evidence and experience show that cash transfers for children can be highly effective in promoting better nutrition, long-term improvements in health and better educational outcomes among the most vulnerable children.

Under the scheme, cash assistance will be provided to parents and caretakers of children born from October 2015 to September 2016. About 135,000 young children in Thailand are expected to benefit.

“The introduction of the Child Support Grant marks an important milestone towards the realization of the rights of every child in Thailand to live out of poverty and develop to their full potential. UNICEF will work closely with the Government and our partners to help ensure the effective implementation of the scheme,” said Rajbhandari.

For more information, please contact

Alistair Ingi Gretarsson, UNICEF Thailand, agretarsson@unicef.org, +66 (0)92 256 2418

Heamakarn Sricharatchanya, UNICEF Thailand, hsricharatchanya@unicef.org, +66 (0)81 431 3323

 

 
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