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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  4/11/2012 
One of the greatest challenges for Suriname remains the achievement of an integrated sustainable poverty reduction. The following is being undertaken in advance of that goal.
As stated in the MDG Progress Report 2009, in the past five years Suriname has implemented the Social Safety Net (SSN) reform. In the context of social protection and social development for the poor and vulnerable groups, the government offers a system of social services that includes a range of tangible and intangible features:
- The medical assistance card; ensuring medical care for those that are not able to pay.
- Increase of financial benefits such as retirement benefits, benefits for persons with disabilities, child benefits and general financial assistance as well as subsidies to social institutions, namely, orphanages, day-care institutions, retirement homes and residences for persons with disabilities.
- Counseling programs for individuals and families with problems.
- The social housing program.
The government, furthermore, will expand and strengthen the corps of social workers, make available medical assistance cards to trauma victims and people in need of psychotherapeutic help, and improve access to services for citizens in all districts.

Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT)
In 2012, the Conditional Cash Transfer program (CCT) was signed with the IDB, covering US$ 20 million for a period of 5 years. The first cash transfer will take place in the first quarter of 2013.

Persons with a disability
The government aims to promote social integration by focusing on: advocacy on legislation regarding access to public places, improving the quality of home care services, establishing a fund to initiate and implement vocational training, promoting and improving employment opportunities, improving the housing and health condition, creating sport and recreation opportunities, improving transport facilities, and formulating protocols with regard to provision of services.

Projected children’s programs
1. Introduce a counseling plan for abused, neglected and maltreated children in collaboration with private service providers.
2. Promote and improve foster care for vulnerable children in children`s homes, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
3. With a view to promoting early childhood development, decentralize and improve government daycare facilities as well as improve the quality of care in private daycare facilities, taking into account the legislation on daycare facilities.
4. Promote and improve professional coaching for boys and girls aged 6 -16 years with behavioral problems.

Projected programs for the elderly
1. Improve the quality of home care facilities and home care services;
2. Promote and decentralize recreation activities in collaboration with the private sector and community-based organizations.

Housing
The government has launched a long term housing program for 10 years, focusing on decent and affordable housing for the low and lowest income groups, the elderly, persons with a disability and young families.
The objective is to promote social housing and self build programs while addressing the special needs of the most vulnerable - persons with a disability and children.
The construction of 18,000 new houses has been launched, with funding made available through private sector and public construction programs, such as the Low Income Shelter Program (LISP) and the Middle and Low Income Shelter Program (LMISP).

CHALLENGES IN HOUSING
1. Applicants are required to own a plot of land to serve as collateral at the time of application for the mortgage. People who are in need of decent housing but do not own a plot of land, therefore, do not meet the requirements.
2. The housing problem in the interior, with its unique infrastructure and demographics, needs a different approach than housing in the coastal area. The government seeks to reach agreement and find solutions with traditional authorities and others through workshops and meetings.
3. A commission is tasked with examining the problem of squatters and occupiers in different areas in and around the city of Paramaribo and finding solutions that are satisfactory to all parties. To that end, the Housing Research and Planning (HOP) division executed a study for recording and mapping the problems of squatters and occupiers in the occupied neighborhoods. Currently, the data of this project is being processed and analyzed, providing the government with a basis to address the problem.

Water supply
A project has been initiated for research and construction of the sanitary and drinking water supplies nationwide, carried out in communities where the need for utility facilities is not sufficiently present. The project is being funded by the European Union.
Paragraphs: 8 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

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