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Date:  11/24/2010 
IV. SOCIAL SECURITY
14. Guyana adopts a rights-based approach to social security including comprehensiveness, accessibility, universality, adequacy and appropriateness, and non discrimination. The Government provides social security at different levels including social assistance to the poor and most vulnerable sectios of the population. The following are some of the Social Programmes that are currently in place:
• A public Assistance Programme that targets vulnerable groups (July-December 2009, 9,297 persons were beneficaiaries) • The Single Parent Assistance Programme (29 percent female headed households) was introduced in 2009. This porgramme offers skills training or retraining, assistance with day care costs and project funds to start micro-economic activity. In its first year, 700 single-headed household (majority female) benefitted from the Programme across the ten administrative regions • Under the Old Age Pension Act, all persons 65 years and over are eligible to receive benefits, no mean test is conducted. Approximately 42,000 pensioners benefit • The elderly also receive an automatic waiver for their water supply • A preferential electricity tariff on households whose monthly electricity consumption is below a specified threshold, thereby benefitting the most vulnerable households • Government of Guyana funded Youth skills training programmes offer job and economic opportunities through training and empowermnt. The school uniform programme targets the poor nationwide 26,000 children benefitted annually in Years 2007-2009 including those from hinterland communities • The school feeding assistance programme targets children from poor and vulnerable families, including those in the hinterland communities. This programme improves the children’s nutritional status and creates employment and income for women’s and farmers’ groups • The Basic Nutrition Programme (BNP) Nutritional Sprinkles Programme, established to reduce malnutrition in pregnant mothers and infants age six to 24 months, benefits 20,000 women and children.
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NATIONAL REPORT OF GUYANA ON FOLLOW-UP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OF THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF THE V SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS – PORT-OF-SPAIN (Guyana 2010)