HelpAge International: Helping Elderly

At a time when international community are stressing to respect senior citizen, the state of Nepalese elderly people are very much pathetic

Oct. 6, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -8 Oct. 4- 2013 (Ashoj 18, 2070)

Despite distribution of certain amount as a monthly allowances to senior citizens, Nepal's aged people or above 60 which consists of estimated over 10 percent of Nepal total population live in desperate situation.

However, nothing has made. As there need an organization to raise the issue of aged population,  HelpAge International Nepal (HAI Nepal), the first and only INGO working on social protection for senior citizens in Nepal, comes with a program.

In its recent media interaction, HAI Nepal gave a comprehensive overview of the global ageing situation, the Madrid International Plan on Ageing highlights, social protection and economic empowerment of senior citizens in its working districts in Nepal, and a brief summary of its soon to be published 2013 Global Age Watch Index Insight Report (GAWI).

"We have already shared briefly about our policy advocacy work with the Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare and the National Federation of Senior Citizens in Nepal, in which the highlights are its proposed recommendations to revising the 2006 Senior Citizens Act, the National Work Plan for Senior Citizens in Nepal, and its overall baseline survey findings and recommendations to maintaining and creating a standardization of old-age homes in Nepal in partnership with Sankalpa Nepal, a local NGO working on senior citizens’ issues in Nepal," said Sangita Niroula, country director of HAI-Nepal.

"As people are yet to sensitize about the state of senior citizens, there need to launch sensitization program nationwide," said Niroula.

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