HelpAge International III
Uganda, March 2007
The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) signed in Spain in 2002 by over 70 countries, recognized that older people throughout the world have a right to participate and benefit from development. But in many African countries ageing is still not taken into consideration in key policy areas.
As a signatory of MIPAA, however, the Ugandan Government is acting on its commitment to the Plan. In 2003, the Government, in collaboration with HelpAge International, embarked on a pilot program to address issues affecting older people through Uganda’s poverty, nutrition and health policies.
As a result of HIV many elderly people throughout Uganda have been left as the sole carers of their grandchildren. Helpage International, through their Ugandan Partner Organisation, URAA have been trying to alleviate the poverty of families affected by the epidemic as well as assisting the government to implement wider programs of social support.