Mr. Alphonso C. Williams said when the Social Services Essential Package is fully supported; it will enhance the role map that the community welfare division is using to ensure that the people of Liberia get a share.
He made the call recently at a program marking the community welfare division social workers year end party in the township of Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.
The goals of the Essential Packages of the Social Services according to Mr. William are to specify essential complimentary social services that focus on the community's most vulnerable populations.
It is also defined as a service delivery network, taking into account the resources available at community district, county and national levels.
The package is to also guide sustainable capacity development activities by international and non-governmental organizations as they participate in the process of enhancing the ability of Liberia to meet the healthcare and the social welfare needs of its people.
The Health Ministry Community Welfare Division Director said the division is providing care for children with special needs; those involved in alcohol and substance abuse, giving care for the prevention of risky traditional practices, providing community services for day-care centers that are catering to early childhood development. The division also provides disaster intervention and child protection services.
At the same time, Mr. Williams said, considering the sensitivity and success of traditional practices and their importance to individuals and the communities, strategies should be put in place to cultivate and promote successful traditional practice intervention when possible.
Purposely, what the community welfare social workers supervisors want to see happening at those early childhood development centers are recreation centers for the children. Nutritional food that is being provided for them, how long they stay in school and who are those taken care of them.
Other basic services that the community welfare workers are checking for in the various communities are schools, latrines, hand pumps that are fundamental and if those latrines, schools and the hand pumps are not functional, the community welfare supervisors take note on that and report to the authorities concerned.
In the wake to ensure that the schools and the day care centers have better and good hygiene, recreation, sanitation and learning environment that community welfare division at the health Ministry is working with the Ministry of Education and other partners to ensure that these institutions meet the minimum standards.
The community welfare division therefore wants to begin working with its partners to see reason to come with a guideline that all the learning institutions will go by to provide better standards because there are many of them that do not really meet the standards.
However, the Director of the Division Mr. Williams disclosed that they have concluded initial assessment of the institutions and submitted copies of their report to the Minister on what the day care centers and others will go by throughout the country.