NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya requires a radical policy shift in order to cushion senior
citizens from abject poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, diseases
and social exclusion, campaigners said on Sunday on the eve of
the International Day of Older Persons.
campaigners said that promoting the welfare of the ageing
population through robust social safety net programs is key to
realize socio-economic progress in Kenya.
“Today in Kenya,
older activists are campaigning for universal quality
healthcare, improved access to social protection, more
affordable and accessible assistive devices for those living
with disabilities, more accessible infrastructure, better safety
for older women and greater support for caregivers,” said 69
years old Jane Nyawira Miano.
Miano and dozens of
her elderly peers earlier held a procession in Nairobi’s Kibera
slums to highlight their dire plight linked to exclusion from
mainstream economic activities, neglect and declining health
Elijah Mwega, an
elderly campaigner said that a robust outreach targeting
national leaders, policymakers and captains of industry is key
to ensure the interests of senior citizens are embedded in
national development programs.
campaigners drawn from rural counties stressed that Kenya’s leap
into a middle income economy hinges on tapping the expertise and
innovations from the ageing population.
Kenya will mark the
International Day of Older Persons in the North West County of
Bomet where national leaders are expected to reaffirm their
commitment to promote the welfare of senior citizens.
said that advocacy must be intensified to ensure that domestic
and international human rights conventions recognize the
interests of older people.