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US$40m additional funding for PATH

Published:Monday | January 27, 2014 | 3:38 PM

The board of directors of the World Bank has approved US$40 million in additional funding to strengthen the Program of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).



It says the funding to the country’s largest safety net program will help it to expand its reach to more than half a million Jamaicans.



PATH is already reaching more than 400,000 vulnerable people.



The Word Bank says a recent evaluation found that PATH has increased school attendance and improved vaccination rate amongst the most vulnerable population.



Through the funding it is expected that more than one in five Jamaicans will benefit from PATH’s conditional cash transfer program by 2017.



It is also expected that 1,000 young people will graduate from the job readiness and skill training programme and 80 per cent of families enrolled in the program will receive complementary services such as entrepreneurship and skills trainings to help them become self-reliant.



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