Youth and children programs need support [Archives:2007/1070/Local News]

July 23 2007

SANA'A, July 21 ) The Supreme Council of Motherhood and Babyhood revealed that there is a financial gap as for supporting the children and youth programs mounting to $99 million.

Secretary General of the council Nafisa Al-Jaifi pointed out that there are political, institutional, and financial gaps which hinder the implementation of children programs in Yemen.

In her outline of youth and children plan implementation, Al-Jaifi noted that there is a financial gap of over $12 million as for the age group (0 to 5). The financial gap as for the age group (5 to 16) reaches around $44 million. The same thing applies to the age group (16 to 24), wherein the financial gap for the next three years rises to $43 million.

She assured that the government and donor parties fill in the existing gap and stressed the importance of building the capabilities of authorities in charge of implementing, coordinating, and following up activities as well as setting plans, that reflect future strategies, by government representatives.

Deputy Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mutahar Al-Abasi hinted that Yemeni population structure reveals that over 67 percent belong to the age group (0 to 24) and this requires more efforts, together with enough support by the state and donor countries to fill the existing financial gap.