The National Council on Ageing will be officially launching the Situational Analysis of Older Persons in Belize 2010 at the ITVET Conference Room, Belize City on Wednesday 1st June 2011 from 10:00 am.
The research study was carried out between November 2009 and May 2010 of almost 500 older persons across the country. These participants were interviewed and asked to reveal information relating to their health, income, their living conditions and family, and social support.
Since recent reports indicate that the Caribbean is facing the fastest growing population of older persons in the world, it was considered important to complete a study that would provide information relating to how older persons were living in Belize.
The recently completed Country Poverty Assessment (2009) has indicated that a large percentage of older persons in Belize live in poverty (34%) and many within poor families. With the ever increasing population of older persons in Belize, the National Council on Ageing needed to examine how this situation was affecting the lives of older people and what was needed to provide better protection to safeguard their right to basic needs in old age.
The main address at the launching will be provided by Hon. Peter Eden Martinez, Minister of Human Development and Social Transformation, in his capacity as Chairperson of the NCA. The Situational Analysis document will be presented to him by Mr. Gustavo Perera, from SUMMA Consultancy, who was responsible for compiling the document.
The Situational Analysis will now be used by the National Council on Ageing to develop a new National Plan of Action for Older Persons that will focus on highlighting the main areas of concern where action is needed to provide older people, who are living longer, with a better quality of life.
Funding to carry out the research study was provided by UNFPA and technical support was provided by PAHO/WHO.
For more information contact:
Ms. Lindy Jeffery, Executive Director
Ms. Ix-Chel Poot, Programme Officer
Tel: 822-1546 / 822-3978
Source: The National Council on AgeingAccess the publication: