International Day of Older Persons
PADI is serving 749 (487 females, 262 males) older people at Mbinga district, with various service including health and HIV services, parenting messages, economic strengthening services. These 749 OP cares for 1,701 (798 females, 903 males) orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). PADI has contributed 331 CHF cards for older people households, and 341 older people are participating in saving and lending groups formed and run by PADI at Mbinga district.
The Older people are encouraged to join the saving and lending groups run by PADI, as well as other kinds of the same groups.
The International Day for Older People (IDOP) was conducted at Mbinga District, on 1/10/2018 at district level, at Matiri ward. It was organized by both Mbinga district council and Mbinga Town council. The guest of honor was the Honorable Acting Mbinga district commissioner. Mbinga District has a total of 12,224 older people (6,273 females, 5,951 males)
Older woman enjoying the ID provided by Mbinga DC, Matiri ward.
The honorable Matiri ward Councilor informed the congregation that, Matiri heath center is now ready for starting providing health services tot eh community, but it lacks experts. The Guest of Honor promised to inform the district executive director to ensure experts (health care workers) are allocated to the facility ready to serve older people and the community at Matiri and Mbinga in general. He also advised him to inform the district medical officer to inform the experts at council level to plan a visit schedule to the small health facilities, at least once per month, so that to meet and serve older people and the community who are not able to go to town for high level treatments. As part of refreshment and sensitization to the youth, older people had time to sing and dance traditionally to congratulate the government for its support.
In their speech to the guest of honor, older people requested official identification, so as to make it easy for them to access free services entitled to them. They also requested completion of the health center which is being built at Matiri ward.
In the speech by the Guest of Honor, he handled 446 older people identification cards, making a total of 2,530 IDs already made and distributed. He also added that the district is aware of the challenges facing older people, and that the district is working to solve them.
Accourding to United Nations (UN).
Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth. With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.
Living up to the Secretary-General’s guiding principle of “Leaving No-One Behind” necessitates the understanding that demography matters for sustainable development and that population dynamics will shape the key developmental challenges that the world in confronting in the 21st century. If our ambition is to “Build the Future We Want”, we must address the population over 60 which is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030.
The 2018 theme aims to:
- Promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration and what it means in the daily lives of older persons;
- Raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately;
- Reflect on progress and challenges in ensuring full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons; and
- Engage broad audiences across the world and mobilize people for human rights at all stages of life.