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Government improves assistance in early childhood

Fri, 03 Jan 2020 09:26 - Society

Luanda - Five years after its idealization, the government's programme of Social Monetary Transfers (TSM) began to show the first visible signs in 2019, providing assistance to several Angolan children.

Last year the programme managed by the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women's Promotion enabled various families in need to benefit from medical assistance, education and food.

Created in 2014 as part of the Social Protection Support Project (APROSOC), it re-emerged in 2019 to assist families living with children bellow the age of five.

The Social Action programme in the municipalities launched in 2018 aimed at systematizing the identification of the most vulnerable populations to benefit from governmental aid.

In 2019 a total of 10,576 children under five years of age started to benefit from the first cycle of social cash transfers in August and September, through the "Valor Criança" Programme, part of APROSOC project.

A family can register up to three children to benefit from the amount made available for each child (AKz 3000, roughly $5,00).

The programme plans to cover 20,000 children under the age of five (in a total of 7,788 families)in the provinces of Uige (north), Bié (centre) and Moxico (east) until the end of the year.

The second phase took off last November and is already benefiting nearly 11,000 children.

This action is to be extended to the other provinces of the country as soon as the first phase is completed and the results are satisfactory.

The TSM programme is part of the Angolan government's actions to promote Basic Social Protection, as one of the constitutional rights of all citizens.

It is part of the activities of the Social Protection Support Project (APROSOC) and is aligned with the priorities established in the National Development Plan (PDN 2018-2022).

TSM is budgeted at around 9 million Euros financed by the European Union, with the technical support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Louis Berger Business Consortium.