Protect the aged, urges UN envoy

ZAMBIA’S permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) Lazarous Kapambwe has urged African governments to formulate policies to protect old people from abuse, discrimination, marginalisation and neglect.

Mr Kapambwe said it has been projected that the statistical percentage of the population of people at the age of 60 years and above for Africa will rise to 157 million by 2050, from 46 million in 2015.

He said older persons in many African countries often experience human rights challenges which include age discrimination, abuse, neglect and gaps in the provision legal protection.
“While Africa is often described as a youthful continent, the age structure in the region is…

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