A one-day sensitisation workshop on ‘Inclusion of older people and persons with disabilities in existing social protection programmes’ was held in Pakistan and organised by HelpAge International and the Pakistan National Centre on Ageing. This article discusses the plight on older people and their exclusion from social protection programs or other discriminatory policies. Statistical findings illustrate the rapidly ageing population with some form of disability in low-income countries, and specifically, in South Asia. As a result, countries around the world need to develop new legislations and modify existing ones for the protection of rights of older people.
There are more than 1 billion people around the world living with some form of disability, which makes around 15-20% of the world’s total population. 80% of persons with disabilities live in developing countries and face a greater risk of living in poverty.
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Social protection holds promise of dignified life at later age