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STATEMENT BY HON. OTIKO AFISAH DJABA, ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ERADICATION OF POVERTY – OCTOBER 17

The UN in its resolution 47/196 of December 22, 1992 has set aside 17th October as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The theme for this year 25th anniversary declared by the UN General Assembly is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path towards peaceful and inclusive society”.
This day has been set aside to constantly remind countries across the world on their duty to give attention to people living in all forms of poverty and adopt means of eradicating the incidence of extreme poverty and hunger in line with the Sustainable Development Goal one (1).

According to the World Bank in 2013, 10.7 percentage of the world’s population live on less than US$1.9 a day, compared to 12.4 percent in 2012. Ghana has sustained growth, also made great strides in reducing poverty, meeting the MDG target of halving poverty. Notwithstanding the positive improvements, 1 in 4 people are still poor, with poverty remaining endemic in the three northern savannah regions.

According to the Ghana Living Standards Survey 6 (GLSS 6) results, absolute poverty reduced from over 50% in 1992 to 24.3% in 2012/2013. Extreme poverty reduced from over 36% in 1992 to 8.4% in 2012/13. The key improvements were that poverty was halved, enrolment in primary schools were increased and access to preventive health care enhanced. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has Five Flagship programmes in place in connection with poverty eradication.

Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme is a pro poor intervention that provides conditional and unconditional cash grants targeted at reducing poverty, exclusion and vulnerability amongst the extremely poor households with orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), persons with disabilities, the aged 65 years and above with no productive capacity as well as extremely poor pregnant women with children under 1 year. More than 213,000 households in all the 216 districts have been registered. Plans are far advanced in linking LEAP beneficiaries to other social protection services and programmes such as income generating activities such cash plus.

Another important programme to complement the Cash Transfer programme is The Labor-intensive Public Works (LIPW) which has so far provided short-term employment to 165, 860 extreme poor persons (61% of whom are women) and has in the process transferred GHC 71,476,014 to these persons as wage earnings through electronic means.
The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) under Act 650 in 2003 (amended in 2012 as Act 852) was a nationwide social protection intervention. It is intended to promote universal access to basic healthcare through public, mutual and private health insurance schemes. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) have registered 83,300 indigents.

Another important social protection intervention introduce is The Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP). The objectives of the programme are to increase school enrolment, attendance and retention, reduce hunger and malnutrition and boost domestic food production. The government's Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) was piloted in 10 schools in late 2005, and since then has progressively grown to serve over 1.6 million children in 4,000 public schools across all 170 districts in Ghana. This is to transform agricultural sector in order to boost productivity and distribute decent incomes among such deprived communities.
Finally, Capitation Grant was also introduced in Ghana in other to provide funding for Basic Schools for non-salary expenditure in public schools on the basis of enrolment. It was intended to remove tuition and fee requirements. It brings an opportunity for poor parents to send their wards to school without having to worry about school fees.

The theme for the October 17 is “Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path towards peaceful and inclusive society” and as part of answering the call and putting smile on the faces of the vulnerable, the Ministry of Gender is targeting the rural poor who formed part of the vast majority, poorly educated and the only job available to them is farming.
The government of Ghana has also introduced Free Senior High School programme to help give opportunity to every child in Ghana to be educated and leap out of poverty. It has now been established that 424,092 students qualified for admission in the various Senior High Schools (SHS) as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools under the Ghana Education Service (GES) across the country. MASLOC provides micro and small loans for start-ups and small businesses with fast, easy and accessible microcredit and small loans to grow and expand their businesses as well as to enhance job and wealth creation.
The call to eradicate poverty is far from over yet and the enormous challenges remain. However, there is the assurance that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and other government agencies will continue to support the poor and give them a dignified life just like any other Ghanaian.

SIGNED:

OTIKO AFISAH DJABA
MINISTER FOR GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

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Today, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba joined H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo - First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, and other dignitaries at the Independence Square for the Commemoration of the 'Global Handwashing Day' dubbed 'High5 Handwashing Day' organised by Lifebuoy Unilever. Under the theme "Our Hands, Our Future", this year's commemoration seeks to remind us that handwashing benefits our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world.
As the Minister for Children, whose mandate involves the promotion of the survival and development of children, Hon. Otiko Djaba pledged Government's continuous commitment and that of her ministry at ensuring the rights and welbeing of children in Ghana through effective partnership with key stakeholders such as Unilever.
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