Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A new 'National Plan to Safeguard Children and Women in Lebanon,' was launched Wednesday, following a memorandum of understanding between Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas and UNICEF Representative in Lebanon Ms. Annamaria Laurini.These funds will cover significant improvements in the areas of child protection, gender-based violence and health, with the aim of improving livelihoods and mitigating the risk of vulnerability facing those most marginalized in Lebanon, Derbas said.The plan will initially cover 57 regions, hosting social development centers affiliated to the Ministry of Social Affairs.Eichhorst said that the European Union's support for the Ministry of Social Affairs was characterized by humanitarian assistance and the provision of development funds.
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