HelpAge International to support Kenya elderly people

Kenyan elderly people will medically benefit from the HelpAge International project. Photo: African Media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – HelpAge International Regional Health Programme Coordinator, Jude Otogo, hopes the project will generate robust evidence in order to support advocacy, shape policies and inform programme approaches.

HelpAge International is an international non-governmental organisation that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination, and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.

Better Health for Older Persons in Africa (BHOPA) project, initiated by HelpAge International, has been launched in Kenya in a hope to benefit millions of elderly people around African.

The project will assist elderly people to gain access to affordable and quality health care.

“We aim to make health systems more inclusive, responsive and accountable to the needs of older men and women, with a particular focus on those with chronic diseases and disabilities,” said Otogo.

“These will inform replication not just in the countries of implementation but also in Africa and globally,” he added.

Deputy Director in Kenya’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development, Susan Mutungi, said “the launch of Better Health for Older Persons in Africa project provides an impetus for us to realign national health policies and help meet needs of the elderly people who carry a heavy burden of diseases as well as physical and emotional infirmities”.

The United Nation Department of Social and Economic Affairs had stated in their research that 46 million people are aged 60 and that predictably, there could more than 100 elderly people in 2050.

Mutungi added that elderly people are also entitled to the best high care.

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