Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education

About the program

Conditional transfer program funded by the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, intended to deliver benefits through cash subsidies to the most vulnerable people in the country.

Country Jamaica
Home 2001
Classification Cash transfers
FNS Dimension Acceso


Develop human capital for families living in poverty.

Specific objectives:

  1. Alleviating poverty, increasing the value of transfers to people who live in poverty.
  2. Breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty, promoting school achievement and improving health.
  3. Require a minimum school attendance, to reduce child labor.
  4. To prevent unforeseen events that lead to families falling into a higher level of poverty.
Components and/or products

The Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) provides conditional cash transfers, and free school meals and health services. The program has the following components:

  • Health transfer: Every two months, the target population, by attending regularly to health centers, can receive a CCT amounting to JMD$750 (USD$6).
  • Education transfer: It can be received by school children between the ages of 6 and 17; in order to receive the CCT the student must be enrolled in school and have at least an 85% attendance. The amount of the monthly transfer ranges from JMD$750 (USD$6) and JMD$1,265 (USD$10).
  • Secondary education conclusion transfer: It is a transfer for students who complete their secondary education and enroll in higher education; if these conditions are met a transfer of JMD$15,000 (USD$124) is provided.
  • Base benefit: Ensures a basic benefit for all families "PATH", which corresponds to JMD$400 (USD$3), including families that do not meet any of the requirements of the components described above; nevertheless, they live in poverty.
Target population

There are 5 types of conditions that beneficiaries must meet or at least the criterion of living in poverty:

  1. Children: from birth up to secondary education completion.
  2. Seniors: from 60 years and older who receive no pension.
  3. People with disabilities.
  4. Pregnant women or nursing.
  5. Adults 18 to 59 years of age, living in poverty


Geographical coverage Urbano y rural

Approximately 180,000 people, which corresponds to 8% of the population.

Responsible organism

Ministry of Labour and Social Security

Executing organism Banco Mundial
Financial sources

The Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education se financia a través del Gobierno de Jamaica y el Banco Mundial.