"An inclusive society where ageing is dignified, healthy and secure"
"To champion wellbeing and inclusion of the senior citizens and reduce poverty and discrimination in old age."
Pakistan is the 6th most populous country in the world and is among one of those 15 countries where people over the age of 60 are more than 10 million.
The first time in history of human kind, the world is ageing rapidly. Every second, two People celebrate their 60th birthday around the globe. 1 in 9 persons in the world is 60 years old or over. This will increase to 1 person over 60 in every 5 persons by 2050.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and is among one of those fifteen countries in the world where people over the age of 60 are more than 10 million. Pakistan celebrates an achievement as a country that ‘we are living longer’. Our average life expectancy is increasing from just over 61 years for women and 60 years for men in 1986 to over 68 years for women and 65.8 for men now.
Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes. WHO data puts prevalence of disability in lower income countries among people aged 60 years and above at 43.4%, compared with 29.5% in higher income countries.
Pakistan is committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have human rights at core and ‘Leaving No One Behind’ as a key commitment. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness of the policy makers, development planners and programmers about the importance of making their policies and programmes age, gender and disability inclusive.
Pakistan ranks high among the countries with vulnerability to both human-caused and natural disasters. Older people are among the worst affected during any humanitarian situation.
There are very few civil society organizations working for the wellbeing of older people in Pakistan. Those existing are engaged in welfare and charity-oriented service delivery at the local scale. The efforts of these charity organizations are appreciated. However, there is a need for a national organization which does not only focus on the wellbeing of older people of present but also raises awareness about ageing and supports the government, private sector, civil society, academia, and families to get prepared as a country with appropriate age-friendly policies, programmes, services, systems and environments to cater for the needs of the old people of future as well.