- Ukraine has the largest percentage of older people affected by conflict in the world.
- 90% of older people unable to pay for basic medical needs.
- The war-damaged infrastructure puts strain on struggling healthcare system.
- Government of Ukraine and its international partners must plan for changing demographics now to have successful recovery later.
A failure to meet the needs of Ukraine’s older population could seriously undermine the country’s recovery efforts, according to HelpAge International in a briefing published ahead of the Ukraine Recovery Conference to be held in London from 21-22 June.
Ukraine’s rapidly ageing population has major implications for the social and economic recovery of the country. At least 25 per cent of Ukraine’s population were over the age of 60 before the Russian invasion – one of the highest percentages of older people of any country in the world – and this is on the rise.