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Poverty in Rural Areas Is Twice As High In Urban Area says Sierra Leone VP

Poverty in Rural Areas Is Twice As High In Urban Area says Sierra Leone VP

The Honorable Vice President of Sierra Leone Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said that according to the 2018 Sierra Leone Integrated Household Survey (HIS) on poverty in rural areas is twice as high in urban area, with 54% food poverty rates more than 38% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.  (Photo: Dr. Juldeh Jalloh Making his Statement )

Honorable Vice President made this statement on Tuesday 21st January 2020 at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown on a three days international dialogue conference on financing social protection in Sierra Leone.

He noted that they are grappling with an extremely youth population is severely constrained by limited employment opportunities, low literacy rates and limited access to health care, climate change, food insecurity, poor access to water and sanitation, its imperative that the government of Sierra Leone are more targeted and deliberate in their efforts to put in place measurable interventions to remove people out of poverty he noted.

He said according to the United Nation, over 736 million people live in extreme poverty, that main 1 in 10 people across the world live on less than two dollars a day. He said Sierra Leone is even direr with 1 in 8 people being extremely poor.

He further that their government is timely engaging to explore how they can better promote equity, redistribution and responsiveness of social protection within our broader aim of Pro-Poor growth as government has coined 2020, the year of delivery as this is our declaration to the people of sierra Leone that we are relentless in the drive to alleviate poverty in order to meet sustainable development goal to eradicating poverty in all its forms.

He said that this conference is an opportunity for practitioners, funders and government to come together and dialogue about how we can deliver social protection services more efficiently that will maintains the dignity of the most poor in our communities as to transforming the lives of people and removing them out of poverty.

He stated that their government wants to be “responsive” to the need of the people and that calls for pro-poor growth that holistically address the needs of beneficiaries to be agents and not passive recipients of aid.

More over he said that the conference is designed to bring the diverse view, expectation, challenges and experience in implementing social protection program relating to health, education, nutrition, food security and Agriculture in Sierra Leone.

He said since their government has been in office, we have been steadily building the foundation to improve the delivery of social protection services specifically we have implement the Free and Education program and school feeding program, strengthened the free health care initiative, expanded the social safety Net programs to the extremely poor in all the district with a focus on persons living with disability, promoted employment creation, skills development and microenterprise schemes and increased spending on social protection from 4% I 2018 to over 6% of DGP in 2019.

Deliver her good will massages the World Bank country Manager Dr. Gayle Martin said that social protection play an increasingly important part in national strategies for poverty reduction and Pro-Poor growth, it’s also plays a vital role in protecting poor and vulnerable people from many areas of risk, such as threats to their health and economic status, as well as environmental threats, adding that many countries around the world, particularly developing countries have implemented social protection systems in Sierra Leone that will shows grates success in reducing income poverty and inequality as well as improving many social indicators.

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