By NY Staff
On 3 July the UNICEF organization held a press conference on the National Social Protection Monitoring Survey’s (NSPMS) first round report in the organization headquarters.
The NSPMS report provided critical information on inequities in Yemen that have greatly impacted the poor and vulnerable, especially children. The Social Welfare Fund is a vital and effective tool in mitigating these inequities.
Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative, highlighted three critical inequities affecting children in Yemen: clean water, education and nutrition.
According to the report, Mr. Harneis said that only 8.2% of the poorest households are using improved sanitation facilities compared to 99% of the richest. Similarly, 43% of Yemenis in the poorest households have to walk more than 30 minutes to access water, compared to only 2% among the richest.
In the area of education, net school enrollment has increased from 68% in 2006 to 72% in 2012. However 48% of the poorest children are enrolled in basic education compared with 88% of the richest children and 38% of poorest girls are enrolled in basic education compared with 88% of richest girls.
In the area of nutrition, approximately half of children under 5 in Yemen are chronically malnourished.
Mr. Harneis said that the report serves as a strategic guide to inform government, donors, development partners and civil society organizations in a collective effort to support of the people of Yemen.
“We as UNICEF are committed to ensure that the most vulnerable, especially children, have an improved quality of life” he said.
Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation representative Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hawri confirmed that the Ministry of Planning is working in partnership with UNICEF to highlight the most important indicators for social protection through the formation of a technical committee to handle and address the findings of the survey, which includes important data on social protection.
Hawri noted that the survey indicators and data indicate a low level of services in Yemen, especially electricity, water and health, as well as a decline in food availability.
Hawri called for the launching of an observatory for community protection work in a sustained and systematic way in order to better to monitor social and economic indicators.