Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali discussed on Thursday with Marina Wes, the Country Manager for the World Bank programme for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti, the progress in Egypt’s Takaful and Karama programmes, which offers financial subsidies for the poor.
In a statement, the ministry said that the programme’s budget has been included as part of the state budget, which reflects the government's keenness to give priority to helping the most impoverished in the country.
Wali highlighted her ministry's efforts to improve conditions for poor families by delivering the subsidies to those most in need.
Meanwhile, Wes stressed the importance of societal integration to achieve equality among all startas in society.
Takaful is an income support programme for families with children (0-18 years). It supports child health and nutrition (0-6 years), school enrollment, an 80 percent school attendance for children (6-18 years), and maternal care for pregnant and lactating women.
Karama is a social inclusion programme for those who cannot work, specifically the elderly (65+ years of age) and persons with disabilities, and is designed to provide social protection and a decent life for the most vulnerable.