Senegal launches cash support for poorest families
UNICEF applauds effort to benefit 250, 000 households by 2017
DAKAR, Senegal, 9 October 2013 - The new five year scheme “Programme National de Bourses de Securite Familiale (PNBSF)” aims to reduce extreme poverty and also to increase demand for basic social services. Its prime target is to reach families with children who are especially vulnerable.
In what is being seen as a milestone for the country, the scheme is being launched nationally and not as a pilot with limited reach, and is fully funded by the Government. The decision to make this public investment follows efforts by UNICEF and partners to raise awareness about how social protection mechanisms aid inclusive economic growth and human development.
The announcement of PBNSF comes immediately after the launch of the universal healthcare coverage and free healthcare for 2.5 millions children under 5. These initiatives, along with the national decentralization reform, promise to bring services closer to the people and ensure the removable of financial barriers to access. These initiatives are expected to accelerate results for the children and further cut infant mortality rates.
“These are exciting times for the Senegalese but also for us in UNICEF. We see the results of our work and new opportunities for continued engagement in improving basic social services and social protection for the children of Senegal.” says the Representative of UNICEF in Senegal Giovanna Barberis.
A key challenge in the management of the new scheme will be social involvement to ensure accountability and transparency.
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