UNDP donates Pickup Truck to Ministry of Human Development Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

Judith Alpuche meets with Representatives of UNDPOn Friday, March 23, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) handed over an Isuzu pickup truck to the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA). It was the second motor vehicle provided to the Ministry under the Global Fund (GF) Round 9 Grant, being implemented by UNDP. The donations are in an effort to enhance the Ministry’s outreach capacity. 

According to the Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Judith Alpuche, experience has shown that mobility is a key factor to effective programme implementation in the Stann Creek District. The district is largely rural and its communities are very scattered.  Alpuche said that there is currently only one vehicle at the disposal of four social workers in the district. They provide a variety of services to vulnerable populations. 

According to UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, Dr. Francisco Roquette, the UNDP is committed to continue working with the ministry to improve service delivery to people of the Stann Creek District. Under the Global Fund project, the Ministry will be working on establishing a satellite office in Independence Village to provide services to families, who live in small and remote communities. It is anticipated that execution of the Global Fund project activities will increase challenges the ministry faces due to limited mobility and that’s why the motor vehicle donation comes inperfect timing.

Dr. Roquette said that he hopes the motor vehicle will serve as a tool for monitoring and evaluation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme, known as Operation BOOST, in providing support to vulnerable populations by improving living conditions and enhance achievement of human rights and democracy. According to  Alpuche, the Ministry of  Human Development (MHDSTPA) is implementing an objective under the GF Round 9 grant, which is related to improvement of the quality of life of persons living with HIV (PLHIV) and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Belize and Stann Creek Districts.  The project is enabling the Ministry’s efforts to expand the enrollment of vulnerable children into the Conditional Cash Transfer program through support for the recruitment of 3 District Coordinators (1 for Belize District and 2 for the Stann Creek District), and also with the vehicle handed over. 

UNDP is committed to continue supporting national human development efforts and strengthening of partnerships in providing better quality of life for all.