MICHELO MWEEMBA, Chembe
MINISTRY of Community Development and Social Services has included female and child-headed households under the social cash transfer to further reduce poverty.
Chembe District Social Welfare Assistant Programme Officer Suwilanji Nalomba said the decision was reached after realising that less attention is given to such families hence the increasing levels of poverty in society.
She said the programme that was introduced in the district in 2015 has benefitted 864 beneficiaries whose main categories include those above 65 years old and the physically challenged.
Ms Nalomba, who was speaking in an interview said due to the positive response that has been noted among beneficiaries, the department has scaled up the number of beneficiaries to 3 170.
“The Social Cash Transfer programme in Chembe district has helped reduce poverty levels in a number of households,” she said.
Ms Nalomba said the programme has seen a number of households send children back to school as well as afford to have three meals a day.
She said the Social Cash Transfer is one of Government’s Social Assistance Pillars of the Government’s National Social Protection Policy that is being executed to reduce the levels of poverty.
Meanwhile, Assistant District Social Welfare Officer Margaret Chibobo said programmes being executed by the department in the district has made the community realise that Government is concerned about their plight.
Ms Chibobo said programmes such as the Public Welfare Assistance Scheme, has also seen a number of children return to school to further their education.
She has however, said erratic funding to the scheme has affected the pupils under this programme.
Ms Chibobo has since appealed to Government to increase funding to the district under the program so that more could benefit. ZANIS