NEARLY 60,000 people are now being assisted by social welfare programs, the Minister for Social Welfare Dr Jiko Luveni said.
Dr Luveni said this had been achieved through the reforms and streamlining of the social welfare programs and that through the Poverty Benefit Scheme, a maximum of four members in a family was being assisted.
"Before the reforms, the monthly assistance was only provided to one member of the family and this was not enough to cater for some families," Dr Luveni said.
"So after the reform, changes were made to meet the needs of the families, whereby through Poverty Benefit Scheme, maximum of four members in a family are assisted through maximum allowance of $150 per month, this is inclusive of the $30 food voucher.
"This approach saw an increase in the number of people assisted under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, from 21,000 previously to near 60,000 people now being assisted" Dr Luveni said.
She said the Care and Protection Program was primarily designed to support the education and well-being of children up to 18 years, particularly those who came from a single parent family, had a parent in prison, or were cared by foster parents and guardians.
"This program currently has 1996 beneficiaries of which a total of 5504 are children assisted under this program."