Fighting age related poverty in Pakistan
Helping older people access micro-credit to pursue small business opportunities and invest in labour saving technology so they can continue to earn a living as their health weakens. Helping ensure healthcare systems meet older people's needs. Improving older people's resilience to natural disasters.
Older people are particularly vulnerable to extreme poverty. As their health weakens it becomes increasingly difficult for them to earn a living and medical costs are often crippling. In the Sindh region of Pakistan they face the additional challenge of having had their crops wiped out by severe flooding not just in 2010, but again in 2011. Over 50% of livestock were also killed. Unfortunately government and NGO schemes are not actively reaching out to help older people rebuild their lives.
This project will help older people access funds to replace lost economic assets such as livestock, and provide training to diversify incomes. Volunteers will be trained to provide home-based care and identify those needing disability aids and specialised eyecare. Older people will be involved in disaster risk reduction planning so they are ready to act immediately to help minimise damage to lives and livelihoods. Advocacy will be done with relevant NGOs and government bodies on ageing issues.
To ensure older people and their famillies in the area have food and income security
Activities» Helping older people access funding and livelihoods training so they can replace lost economic assets, such as livestock, and diversify their incomes
» Helping the poorest older people access government allowances to which they are entitled, but currently do not utilise because of complex applications
» Advocacy work with Micro-Finance Institutions to challenge age-discriminatory lending practices
Success will be reduced poverty of 625 older people through improved access to income generation support and/or help with accessing government allowances.
To ensure older people in the project area are able to access age appropriate healthcare
Activities» Advocacy on the quality, accessibility and appropriateness of healthcare in the project area to meet older people's needs
» Provision of walking sticks, wheelchairs, glasses and hearing aids etc. to enable older people with disabilities to be as independent as possible
» Train community volunteers in homebased care and support for bed/home bound older people and how to refer them for medical treatment when needed
» Eye care screening for 2,000 older people and cataract surgery for around 150
Success will be improved availability of age appropriate healthcare, plus 150 older people provided with disability aids and 150 getting life-changing cataract operations
To improve the resilience of the community to future disasters
Activities» Disaster risk reduction training for community groups - with a particular focus on reaching the most vulnerable - including older people
» Drills to test the effectiveness of disaster response plans before the monsoon season
Success will be the development of older person sensitive risk reduction plans
The long term impact of the project will be reduced levels of poverty faced by older people as income earning opportunties improve, they have improved ability to maintain good health and independence in spite of disability and they gain greater resilience to future flooding. Having a sustainable source of income will relieve older people of the worry of food insecurity and not being able to pay for essential items.
This will be demonstrable through income monitoring of the target group
A further natural disaster disrupting project activities - the project will strengthen the local response to any disaster and help minimise the impact
An emailed update will be sent to donors six months into the project and again at the end of the project year. A full project report will be available on request.
Budget - Project Cost: £110,268Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £17,372 Project staff 7 staff including health and livelihoods specialists £8,550 Disability aids Disability aids such as walking sticks, zimmer frames, wheelchairs and spectacles for 150 people £24,000 Eye screening tests Screening for 2,000 older people to detect sight difficulties £6,750 Cataract operations Restoring sight to approx 150 older people £24,681 Livelihoods training Training for 625 older people and linking them up to sources of credit £12,760 Older people's groups Establishing and training 75 older peoples groups and health committees £8,650 Advocacy Including sensitization of government and local NGOs to older people's particular needs £7,505 Evaluation and logistics Monitoring, evaluation and project logistics
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Ophthalmic fund £30,750 Guaranteed
This project will be based in the Jacobabad and Shikapur districts of Sindh in Pakistan. These areas have been very badly affected by floods, not only in 2010, but then again in 2011. Crops were wiped out and approximately half of the livestock killed.
The key target beneficiaries of this project the 2,500 older people in the project area, although many benefits will be community wide. The particular needs of older people are often poorly understood by NGOs and government agencies - resulting in them being excluded from many services because of a lack of accessibility support.
Age International is focused on improving the quality of life of older people overseas and tackling the challenges they face. We will work with our implementing partner HelpAge Pakistan with work centred on the belief that older people have an inherent worth and dignity and are entitled to income and food security, access to age appropriate healthcare and should not face barriers to key services because of their age.
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Moeez has overseen the design of this project in discussion with local community members, ensuring it meets local needs.