The Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA Africa) is an African regional coalition of organizations including, Civil Societies, Professional Bodies, Human Rights Institutes and older persons who are engaged in combating ageism and promoting the rights of older person’s to inclusion in all aspects.
A conference was organized by the body on the 5th to the 7th of November 2018 in Abuja. The aim of the Conference was to mobilize and engage stakeholders for a truly representative SGA Africa with membership and consensus building across Africa. The Conference, which brought together great minds across sub-Saharan Africa, was declared open by the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Her Excellency Mrs. Dolapo Osibanjo.
DAGOMO foundation Nigeria LTD/GTE was represented in this informative conference by Two (2) of her staff, Ms. Victoria Oyanna and Ms. Ruth John. It was quite engaging and had plenary sessions interlaced with research paper presentations on the health and social dimensions of Ageing issues.
The General consensus at the end of the conference were the following:
- A need for Participation of older persons in decision-making processes at all levels.
- Employment opportunities for all older persons who wish to engage in employment.
- Improvement of living conditions and infrastructure in rural areas.
- Alleviation of the marginalization of older persons in rural areas.
- Equality of opportunity throughout life with respect to continuing education, training and retraining as well as vocational guidance and placement opportunities.
- Full utilization of the potential and expertise of persons of all ages, recognizing the benefits of increased experience with age.
- Strengthening of solidarity through equity and reciprocity between generations.
- Reduction of poverty among older persons.
- Promotion of programs to enable all workers to acquire basic social protection/social security, including where applicable, pensions, disability insurance and health benefits.
- Sufficient minimum income for all older persons, paying particular attention to the socially and economically disadvantaged.
- Equal access by older persons to food, shelter and medical care and other services during and after natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies.
- Reduction of the cumulative effects of factors that increase the risk of disease and consequently potential dependence in Older age.
- Development of policies to prevent ill-health among older persons.
- More attention to data collection among the older persons.
We at DAGOMO foundation applaud the organizers of the conference and believe it is timely with the current population ageing in Africa. The belief therefore, is that the government and society need to move from Reacting to Ageing and into Managing Ageing. DAGOMO Foundation is committed to making every day worth living for older persons and implore that the issues surrounding Ageing should be approached in like manner.