Pakistan has the sixth largest population in the world, at 179 million. It is also one of only fifteen countries to have an older population of over 10 million.
We work with our partners and older people in areas such as livelihoods, health and disaster risk reduction. We also support older people in their calls to be included in development and humanitarian policies.
Life story: Bebul Bibi, 65
(c) Amina N Khan/HelpAge International Bebul and her husband have spent their whole lives working on large agricultural farms. However, due to health reasons, including kidney stones, Bebul is no longer able to carry out this kind of physical work.
In 2012, Bebul applied for micro-credit through her local older people's association. In just in matter of days, her application was approved.
As soon as she had the loan of 10,000 rupees (US$101), Bebul bought a goat. She sells the goat's milk and uses it for breeding. She has recently sold a baby goat and made profit of 7,000 rupees (US$70). She is repaying the loan and is also able to save some money for her grandchildren.
She said: “Raising goats is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I can make good money and I am very happy. Now, I will save to buy a cow and make more profit and contribute more to my family’s income.”
Supporting older people in Pakistan
Over the last year we have supported older people in Pakistan in several areas:
- We have set up 172 older people's associations across the country.
- 142,000 older people and their families have directly benefited from our humanitarian response projects.
- Our livelihoods programme and micro-credit initiatives have helped more than 5,600 older men and women.
- We have reached over 42,000 older men and women through our health interventions.
- More than 7,300 older men and women have received disaster risk reduction training.
- Our advocacy work has raised awareness of older people's rights and has contributed to national legislation, namely the Senior Citizen Bill.
- We will continue to advocate for the approval of the Senior Citizen Bill.
- We will continue to provide evidence and research on the issue of ageing in Pakistan.
- We will ensure better emergency preparedness planning and emergency responses.
- We will raise awareness of the need for age-friendly health services.
Pakistan Medico International
Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin), Community Research and Development Organization, Sindh Rural Support Organization, Jaag Welfare Movement, Awaz CDS, Pakistan National Centre on Ageing, Health Services Academy, Khwendo Kor.