The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has mobilized US$5.1 million through the World Bank to provide cash transfers to 10,500 labor-constrained and Ebola-affected households in eight counties.
The counties are Bomi, Cape Mount, Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee, according to Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell.
She made the statement at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry in Monrovia on Wednesday.
Cassell indicated that the latest support to the social cash program is in recognition of the achievements made in two pilot cash transfer programs in Bomi and Maryland counties.
She revealed that the first amount of transfer of cash had a transformative effect on the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable.
She noted that the World Bank has also expressed interest in building a social protection system to address the reduction of poverty, adding: “This is a key objective of the government’s human development pillar.”