Sao Tome and Principe: United Nations fund finances social assistance

14 January 2008

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 14 Jan – The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) has provided US$2.1 million to Sao Tome and Principe as part of the program for assistance to the social sector for the 2008-2011 period, the UNPF representative in Sao Tome said Friday.

Speaking to Macauhub, Vitória D’Alva said that over the next four years the UNPF would provide US$530,000 to support activities designed as part of the new plan drawn up by Sao Tome in line with the requirements of the UNPF.

The UNPF representative said that the funding was mainly for combating poverty on the archipelago via investment in the social sector, particularly by improving health services and promotion and protection of human rights.

Along with the UNPF funding, the new action plan for the social sector also has the support of the Sao Tome government with an amount that has not yet been made public.

Over the last 12 months, UNPF spent US$480,000 on activities related to reproductive health, the population and development, the promotion of women’s and children’s rights, as well as equity and equality of the sexes. (macauhub)