Bi-annual Evaluation Report on childhood under review [Archives:2003/675/Local News]

October 9 2003

Mohammed bin Sallam
Sana'a, Oct. 7_ A workshop related to a biannual evaluation report for 2003 childhood development project was held by the US Agency for International Development, USAID, in Sana'a at Taj Sheba on October 5.
According to the report, the project aims at mapping out a proper plan for improving projects of health care services in five governorates in the republic of Yemen. The overall cost of the project is estimated at USD 45,300,300. It was financed by the World Bank, UNICEF, Yemeni government, local communities, and the International Development Authority.
The project started on December 2000 and will continue till 2005 under the supervision of Supreme Council of Childhood and Motherhood. It will be implemented by the project coordination unit and the UNICEF organization in Sana'a.
The biannual 2003 report focused on a number of difficulties faced by the project such as centralization of most jobs at the ministry of education and ministry of health. Other difficulties can be listed as follows:
1-The financial allocations spent on the educational and health services are insufficient.
2-Both health and education ministries concentrate on the available services and not on the required ones.
3-The low competence of Supreme Council for Childhood and Motherhood specifically in practical and technical aspects during the project preparation.
The report also has complained of the delay of approval on the Annual Work Plan by Coordination Committee. The report was approved in February 19 2002.
The workshop was attended by representatives from the ministry of Health and Population, the ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Central Statistics Authority, the Public Work projects, Social Development Fund, and International Development Agency team as well as the health offices general directors in Marib, al-Jawf, Sada'a, Shabwa, and Amran.