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Uganda Sets Agenda Ahead of International Day of Older Persons

Minister Kabafunzaki addressing the media in Kampala on Tuesday (Photo: Pamela Amia/ChimpReports)

Uganda is set to join the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Older Persons under the theme; Act Now: Take a stand against discrimination of older persons.

This year’s celebrations will be held in Padel district at Bishop Flynn Senior Secondary School on October 1.

“The main purpose of these celebrations is to recognise the contributions made by the older persons towards national development and to create awareness among the public on the rights and needs of the older persons, information pills http://conversionxl.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-nav-menus.php ’’ said State Minister For Labour Employment And Industrial Relations, generic http://challengemetennis.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/infinite-scroll.php Hon Herbert Kabafunzaki.

The International Day of Older Persons was designated by the UN General Assembly under Resolution 45/106.

It was first observed on October 1, http://demamore.com/wp-admin/includes/comment.php 1991 and Uganda started commemorating the day in 1999.

According to Uganda National Housing and Population Census 2002, the population of older persons was at approximately 1,100,000 and the just concluded National Census 2014 put the number at 1,280,000, marking a 14 percent rise.

Addressing the media on Tuesday at the Uganda Media Centre, Hon Kabafunzaki said the Senior Citizens Grant is a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to ensure that older persons are not left behind in the country’s development and social economic transformation.

Padel district is one of the new districts that began the implementation of the Senior Citizens Grants and the programme will be officially launched that day.

Five more districts will be added on the programme come 2020.

“We have planned a number of activities which include health camps, radio, TV shows to increase awareness, visiting homes of older persons, advocacy meetings with stakeholders and special prayers ,mosques and many more activities so I urge you all to attend,” he said.

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