DAWN Commission, on Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 organised a preliminary meeting of Stakeholders on the provision of a Safety Net and Social Insurance for the Elderly in Western Nigeria. The Meeting took place at the office of the Commission located on the 10th Floor of the iconic Cocoa House.
The meeting focused mainly on identifying the Challenges the Elderly are faced with in terms of access to good and basic Social Insurance and provide necessary solutions.
The socio-economic circumstances of the Nigerian environment have in no small measure exacerbated the vulnerability of senior citizens in the country and sadly, Western Nigeria is not exempted from this scourge.
Lower levels of income, lack of social safety nets, non-inclusive policies, inadequate healthcare and a myriad of other economic, and social issues continually contribute significantly to making the senior citizens demography a dreaded period.
In a bid to provide a structured safety net for the elderly in our society, DAWN Commission has decided to intervene in terms of facilitating processes that will eventually lead to development of periodic and strategic plans; and actionable policies.
To this end, the DAWN Commission, in collaboration with the University College Hospital and Centre on Ageing, Development and Rights of Older Persons (CADROP) facilitated a stakeholders' forum focused on discussing matters centred around care for the elderly in Western Nigeria.
Objectives of Meeting
• To discuss current programmes and projects as regards the aforementioned in each State across Western Nigeria, which will inform the basis of engagement at the Care of the Elderly Summit.
• To identify bottlenecks as regard care of the elderly in Western Nigeria
• To discuss actionable plans towards Care for the Elderly in Western Nigeria.
• To build a community of practice around care for the elderly in Southwest Nigeria
• Lack of social support
• Absence of multigenerational living
• Health issues
• Decreased income
• Societal and emotional abuse: the older persons experience abuse from individuals, family members, society and government in the way they are treated
• Inadequate support from the government
• Develop a policy framework for Care of the Elderly in the Western Region.
• Improve access to health facilities by establishing geriatric centres at General Hospitals in States across Western Nigeria.
• Provision of informal education for the elderly to engender/nurture self-fulfillment.
• Promote integration and inclusiveness by assigning advisory roles to the senior citizens in decision-making processes.
• Sensitize the public on enhancing the image and dignity of the elderly through the media.
• Channel more efforts into Long Term Care for the elderly
• Create standards of service delivery and establish monitoring and evaluation system for periodic review of policies.