The annual meeting of officials of the central and decentralised services of the Ministry of Social Affairs was organised this 14th to 15th March, 2019.
The two-day conclave has been organised to elaborate a roadmap for social policies in favour of vulnerable persons.
Opening the session, the Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irene Nguene said recommendations at the end of the meeting will be a benchmark for the 2019 policy orientation.
The meeting is also intended to build the capacity of social workers and other actors working to uphold the rights of vulnerable persons.
Vulnerable persons are people in the following categories:
• people with disabilities
• children in distress (separated from parents, abandoned, children in conflict with the law, orphaned or those affected by HIV/AIDS
• children in prisons
• people in need of special protection (albino, former lepers, older persons, people living with HIV/AIDS, the seriously ill)
• socially maladjusted people (prostitutes, drug addicts)
• indigenous populations (pygmies, bororo, mountain dwellers, itinerants, nomadic fulani)
• the unemployed
• the poor
• victims of accidents and disasters
• displaced people
Unlike previous years, the Ministry of Social Affairs focuses more on vulnerable people in 2019.
Officials argue that fighting against social exclusion is essential to peace and sustainable development .
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi