UNICEF hands over Si­tu­a­ti­on Ana­ly­sis do­cu­ment to Gu­y­a­na

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Gu­y­a­na is cur­rent­ly ar­med with in­for­ma­ti­on that will gi­ve it a bet­ter un­der­stan­ding of the is­sues that child­ren and wo­men are fa­ced with the­re­by ma­king it poi­sed to put in­ter­ve­ning me­a­su­res in pla­ce.

This no­ti­on was am­pli­fied Wed­nes­day when the Uni­ted Na­ti­ons Child­ren Fund Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve, Ms Ma­ri­an­ne Flach ce­re­mo­nious­ly hand­ed over a Si­tu­a­ti­on Ana­ly­sis (SitAn) of Child­ren and Wo­men do­cu­ment to the Mi­ni­stry of So­ci­al Pro­tec­ti­on. The ana­ly­sis is per­haps one of the most sig­ni­fi­cant tas­ks un­der­ta­ken and com­ple­ted by the UNICEF Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve du­ring her ten­ure which will short­ly co­me to an end. Spea­king at a forum con­ve­ned at the Pe­ter Ro­se and Ani­ra Streets, Qu­een­sto­wn, Ge­or­ge­to­wn Herd­mans­ton Lod­ge, Flach said, “To­day is bit­ters­weet for me as this is one of my last of­fi­ci­al func­ti­ons be­fo­re I con­clu­de my tour of du­ty he­re in Gu­y­a­na.” Even as she ex­pres­sed sa­tis­fac­ti­on with the com­ple­ti­on and han­ding over of the ana­ly­sis, Flach com­men­ded the Mi­ni­stry of So­ci­al Pro­tec­ti­on for its ex­cel­lent part­ner­ship throug­hout the ‘SitAn’ pro­cess. “This Si­tu­a­ti­on Ana­ly­sis gi­ves us a bet­ter un­der­stan­ding of the is­sues that child­ren are fa­cing in all 10 Re­gi­ons of Gu­y­a­na right now, so that we can en­su­re that we plan and bud­get ef­fec­ti­ve­ly to ma­ke their li­ves bet­ter,” said Flach. She ex­plai­ned that the ana­ly­sis will be ex­tre­me­ly im­por­tant in in­for­ming the UNICEF Gu­y­a­na Coun­try Pro­gram­me du­ring the cour­se of 2017-2021. The Coun­try Pro­gram­me has three pri­o­ri­ty are­as: Sa­fe­ty and jus­ti­ce, Li­fe-long learning and So­ci­al in­clu­si­on and child rights mo­ni­to­ring.

Over the next fi­ve ye­ars, Flach said that UNICEF will con­ti­nue its part­ner­ship with Govern­ment to sup­port National Stra­te­gic Plans and Pro­gram­mes, with emp­ha­sis on equi­ty, and on rea­ching the most vul­ne­ra­ble child­ren and their fa­mi­lies. Ba­sed on da­ta gat­he­red du­ring the most re­cent round of Mul­ti­ple In­di­ca­tor Clus­ter Sur­vey (MICS) 2014, the SitAn high­lights dif­fe­rent groups of vul­ne­ra­ble child­ren and wo­men, and has hel­ped pla­ce emp­ha­sis on cri­ti­cal are­as within the lo­cal Coun­try Pro­gram­me, ac­cor­ding to Flach. Flach al­so dis­clo­sed yes­ter­day that “Cli­ma­te Chan­ge is al­so main­strea­med in our new coun­try pro­gram­me, with emp­ha­sis on Cli­ma­te Chan­ge Edu­ca­ti­on, and ad­dres­sing is­sues such as the avai­la­bi­li­ty of clean wa­ter, and mi­ti­ga­ting he­alth risks, es­pe­ci­al­ly tho­se po­sed by in­fec­tious vec­tor bor­ne di­sea­ses such as Den­gue.


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