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Recognizes contributions, strengthen social assistance for elderly

By Mereani Gonedua

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 19, 2011) - Fiji’s first ever national ageing policy was launched today by the Director and Representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Pacific Sub-Regional, Dirk Jena.

Jena said the ministry of social welfare, women and poverty alleviation is the first ever to launch an ageing policy.

The policy recognises the contribution of older people to the social, cultural, economic and political sectors of the society.

It strengthens social assistance for older persons.

The policy along with the help of the ministry of health will see that older people live a healthy living.

The policy also enables and provides a supportive environment for older people.

Minister of social welfare, women and poverty alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni said the launch marks a mark a milestone to foster development in the care and welfare of senior citizens in Fiji.

UNFPA revealed Fiji’s older population is growing by 3,000 people per year.

The oldest population from 80 years and over are also expected to increase rapidly from 5,000 in 2010 to 28,500 by 2050.

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