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Irish Aid has donated USD 5.5 million for a Social Cash Transfer Programme pilot project for improved nutrition in Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples Region ( SNNPR).
Irish Aid donated the money through UNICEF and it will last up to October 2017.
The cash transfer programme is expected to benefit the most vulnerable; including 12,000 pregnant and lactating women, 9750 children under one year old and 30,000 adolescents.
The pilot project programme will be conducted with the Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Labor and Social Affairs.
Kifle Gebremariam, head of SNNPR health bureau said at the launching program held at Hawassa on December 11, “though we made progress on improved nutrition for children and mothers we still have work to do and the money will greatly help us to assist the most vulnerable.’’
He stressed that they are raising the awareness of mothers to feed nutritious food for themselves and children that they can find near where they reside. Abenezer Tamrat, Policy Monitor for Irish Aid said the programme will help to save vulnerable children from stunting growth and increase their access to education.
Anupama Raio Singh, UNICEF Representative added that the project will show investing in the establishment of a system is a key element to reaching the most vulnerable groups through a multi-sectorial approach.
He added that the pilot project is the first step in implementing the new Ethiopian Social protection policyg