NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government and multilateral partners
on Wednesday launched an electronic platform to enhance delivery
of cash, food and medical care to the vulnerable population.
During the ceremony,
Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya became the second
African country after South Africa to launch an electronic
portal to revolutionize social protection for disadvantaged
groups like the elderly, disabled and orphaned children.
“The web portal
launched today will streamline distribution of cash and other
assistance for elderly persons, orphaned children and the
disabled,” said Ruto.
The government has
scaled up investment in social safety nets for vulnerable
population to shield them from extreme poverty, hunger and
disease, according to Ruto.
Ruto said that cash
transfer program and free medical care for the aged launched by
the government three years ago had improved household income and
“Evaluations done by
reputable organizations indicate that cash transfer programs
have enhanced household purchasing power, increased savings and
investments,” Ruto said.
He added that
households that benefited from government-funded social
protection schemes reported higher school enrollment, improved
nutrition status and reduction in illnesses.
becomes vibrant during disbursement of monthly stipend for the
disadvantaged population while child labor has declined in
households that have benefited from this assistance,” said Ruto.
for Labour and Social Protection, Phyllis Kandie, said the
launch of the electronic portal will boost transparency in the
distribution of financial and medical assistance to the aged,
orphaned and disabled demographic.
“The government will
utilize ICT (information and communications technology) to
ensure we have an efficient, fast and transparent system of
disbursing monthly stipends to the vulnerable population,” said
She revealed the
government had in the last three years disbursed 800 million
U.S. dollars to an estimated 900,000 households countrywide to
strengthen social protection for the vulnerable population.