Krishna, 75, Nepal

Nepal introduced a universal pension scheme in 1995, the first of its kind in the region.

Krishna receives a pension, which is vital for paying his medical bills.

(c) Sarah Hertzog/HelpAge International 2010

Krishna receives a pension, which is vital for paying his medical bills.

In 2009, the age of eligibility was lowered from 75 to 70. 

The government also increased the amount to 500 Rupees (US$6.50) per person per month.

This shows the recognition by the State of the important role older people play in Nepali society, which HelpAge and partners have been working for.

Krishna is 75 and receives the pension which is vital for paying his medical bills.

He said: "I live with my wife and we have three daughters and two sons. Only one son is unmarried and lives at home with us, as he has psychiatric problems and is unable to work.

"Both my wife and I receive the pension, but we only got it for the first time a year ago, once we were eligible.

"Sadly my wife is sick with intestinal problems and so the pension money is spent firstly on my son and then on my wife's medication. 

"Very often I have to take my son to the specialist hospitals in Patan and Kathmandu for treatment and the constant travel is very expensive.

"Our pension is very important to us"

"Our children help us financially when they can, which helps us a great deal. I used to be a farmer and look after buffalo. Even now, despite not being in the best of health, I still look after one buffalo.

"Our pension is a very important source of income to us. I am not an OPA (Older People's Association) member, but heard about the pension from the radio, as they announced that they had changed the eligibility age.

"I feel that the application process was easy as the Government officials filled in the forms for me. I also feel that the pension is just enough, as it covers medical costs for both my son and my wife." 

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"I feel that the pension is just enough, as it covers medical costs for both my son and my wife."

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