SOCIAL protection has continued to gain momentum as a Government intervention to achieve poverty reduction in the country, says Southern Province permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba.
Mr Simuchoba said the Government last year finalized and launched the national social protection policy in an effort to provide an institutional and legal framework of social protection implementation in Zambia.
He said the Government appreciated efforts by various organizations who were advocating the development and implementation of effective policies and programmes for social protection.
Mr Simuchoba said the Government was fully aware of some organization that had continued to increase participation in social protection in trying to address poverty in most parts of the country.
“As Government we appreciate the concerted efforts of organizations trying to help in implementing programmes that are aimed at reducing poverty in Zambia,” he said.
Mr Simuchoba said it was encouraging that a broad range of actors such as members of Parliament, the academicians, civil society organizations and the media through capacity building, coordination to influence the policy and ensure that the people of Zambia continued to enjoy a dignified life.
He said the Government had continued to dialogue with other stakeholders in a bid to reduce poverty.
And provincial district senior welfare officer Morris Moono told journalists in Choma that Government released about K58, 323, 82 for social welfare during the third quarter of 2015 for all the 13 districts in Southern Province.
He said under the social cash scheme, vulnerable people were each receiving K70 per month to enable them sustain a living.
Mr Moono said his office had rolled out the 2016 projects for Sinazongwe, Chikankata and Pemba with a catchment area of about 12, 863 households.
He said despite the merger funds, the scheme had reduced starvation and extreme poverty per household because the beneficiaries were now able to provide a meal for their families.
Mr Moono said it was important to support projects aimed at helping people in various ways.