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PATH to benefit from US$40m World Bank funding

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2014 | 6:37 PM

The Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), is to benefit from additional funding of US$40 million from the World Bank.

According to the World Bank, the funds will be used to expand the PATH programme to another half million Jamaicans.

The programme, which already serves more than 400,000 vulnerable Jamaicans, is the country’s largest social-security initiative.

The Washington-based financial institution says a recent evaluation found that PATH has increased school attendance and improved the vaccination rate for the most vulnerable.

The World Bank’s country director for the Caribbean, Sophie Sirtaine says the additional funding will not only increase the reach of the programme, but also ensure a more effective delivery of social assistance to those most in need.

The Government has welcomed the additional funding from the World Bank.

Project director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Dunstan Bryan says it will enable the government to build resilience, equity and promote active labour market interventions.

Bryan says the government is committed to implementing reforms of the social protection systems to help alleviate poverty.


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