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Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:00 - Updated Thu, 01 Oct 2020 10:00

ECCAS recommends greater protection for needy people

Luanda - Social Development Forum of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has recommended the member countries to step up measures aimed at providing protection for people in extreme poverty, amid Covid-19 pandemic.

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Angolan minister of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion, Faustina Alves

Photo: António Escrivão

During a meeting on the impact of pandemic, held via video-conference on Wednesday, the participants discussed the situations of poverty associated with the issue of inequality and social exclusion.

They defended the need to share experiences on fighting against disease, taking into account the vulnerable citizens, such as children, women and the elderly.

Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting, the Angolan minister of Social Action, Family and Women Promotion, Faustina Alves, said that the country has been working on the issue.

She mentioned several experiences of protection for this target group, at a time  the pandemic forced the member  States to resize their plans.

The official said that there are 17.000 children from poor families who are currently benefiting from the social money transfer programme.

As example, she mentioned  "Valor Criança" (Children Value in English), which provides  each child with a value of Akz 5.000,00 per month.

She said that there are also actions focused on educating women on self-sustainability, providing them with tools for entrepreneurship and empowering them to generate income.

According to her, one of the major problems in Central Africa is linked to difficulties in studies and research development to evaluate social programmes.

The event also addressed the mechanisms for implementing strategies to remedy the pandemic and the challenges that governments face in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition to Angola, the meeting gathered representatives of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR), Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Burundi, Cameroon and Chad.

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