Photo of the Day: Uganda’s Elderly

 According to the Uganda Population and Housing Census, the elderly (60+) make up about 6.5% of the population. Of these, 85% who live in rural areas live in absolute poverty according to The Aged Family Uganda (TAFU). Among other challenges the elderly face include; poor access to services and utilities, limited income support, exclusion from development programmes, lack of political representation, Isolation. As a result, this age group has resorted to selling their property, begging, forcing their teenage daughters to marry among others. Despite formal representation provided for in local government, a national Department of Elderly and Disability under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, these initiatives have had little impact on improving the daily lives of older persons in Uganda.

According to the Uganda Population and Housing Census, the elderly (60+) make up about 6.5% of the population. Of these, 85% who live in rural areas live in absolute poverty according to The Aged Family Uganda (TAFU). Among other challenges the elderly face include; poor access to services and utilities, limited income support, exclusion from development programmes, lack of political representation, Isolation. As a result, this age group has resorted to selling their property, begging, forcing their teenage daughters to marry among others. Despite formal representation provided for in local government, a national Department of Elderly and Disability under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, these initiatives have had little impact on improving the daily lives of older persons in Uganda.

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