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Near 600 Pregnant Mothers Assisted

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation are currently assisting 592 pregnant mothers in rural areas through their expanded food voucher programme. Line Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said
05 Sep 2014 07:45

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation are currently assisting 592 pregnant mothers in rural areas through their expanded food voucher programme.

Line Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the programme, with a budget of $1.4million, is aimed at improving the maternal health and providing the basic nutrition needs of the women during pregnancy.

“The expanded food voucher programme for pregnant mothers will contribute in progressing Fiji towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 which focuses on reducing child mortality rates and MDG 5 which is to improve maternal health,” Dr Luveni said.

She said the welfare to workfare programme was also achieving positive results for able-bodied welfare recipients in terms of earning income through managing their own businesses.

“The recipients are given skills training and start-up capital to venture into income- generating and employment opportunities.”

“A hundred and forty-eight recipients this year have started their income-generating and livelihood projects,” she said.

She said they were progressing well and they would ensure that the recipients became financially independent.

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