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Otiko Afisah Djaba

The Stakeholders Consultation workshop on the Development of a Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) was held in Accra.

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, who is the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection said in her addressed,  "the country has since 2012 taken step aimed at strengthening the National Child Protection System to better protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation. This is evident in the development of the Child and Family Welfare and  the justice for Children policies, communication strategy for behavioral change in communities, and the ongoing amendment of relevant child related laws".

According to her, the successful implementation of these policies and programmes is dependent upon the available and use of relevant data. Such data should provide information on the scope of cases being reported, and dealt with by child protection related institutions, in government and non-government sectors. The information should also provide evidence of progress on key indicators relating to children in the country . The child protection system can further be strengthened through timely sharing of such information on children using a Management Information system".

Currently, Ghana does not have a function Information Management System especially for child protection capable of providing comprehensive information on children accurately and timely".

She continued, in a country where 1 out 5 girls are married before attaining 18 years, where 9 out of 10 children are subjected to some from of sexual, physical  and psychological abuse on a regular basis, where 34 percent of children in school are beaten by their teachers, and where 1 in 4 children aged between 14 and 18 years with no education are pregnant, there is the need for a system to track such situations can't be over emphasized".

"The Government of Ghana and it's partners including UNICEF have initiated the process to develop a functional Child Protection Information Management System. The child protection Information management system is intended to provide the country with a national database on children that would not only meets stakeholders, user needs for case management and reporting, but also generates timely and accurate data for policy formulation, evidence -base programming, guide planning, budgeting and allocation of resources, and monitoring child related issues in the country she said ".

Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba concluded, it's our hope as the National machinery for the coordination of children issues that, the child protection Information management system will enhance the generation of data that can contribute to improve availability and use of quality information on children at National, Regional, District and community level".

Source | | Kofi Dwumah

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