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Kenya has experienced a pronounced growth in its older population and older people now make up an estimated six per cent of the country’s total population. Most of Kenya’s older people are female living in rural areas.

The urban migration of young people in search of jobs has disrupted traditional family structures and weakened support systems for older people, impacting their social protection.

Older people are found in about 18 per cent of the country’s households. Those who live alone or head households where other members are children often face challenges accessing healthcare, housing, transport, energy, social support, food, water, and other support services that they rely on.

To address the plight of older people, Kenya has put in place legislative policy programmes and institutional measures. However, there is no specific law that comprehensively promotes and protects the rights of older people in Kenya.

Improving Older People’s Health

In Kenya, HelpAge works to ensure that health systems are more responsive to the needs of older people. This is done by advocating for the adoption of the National Healthy Ageing Strategy, including older people in the universal health coverage programme.

We are building and expanding Older People’s Associations at sub-county, county levels where we train them in health and active ageing, community-based care, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Improving Older People’s Income / Social protection

Currently, about 89.4 per cent of Kenyan adults lack a pension scheme, setting the stage for a rise in old-age poverty and enforced work.

In Kenya older people can benefit from the Inua Jamii Senior Citizens’ Programme – a tax-financed social pension provided to Kenyans once they reach 70 years of age, granting them 2000 shillings per month. However, not all older people are eligible to be part of this programme.

We collaborate with older citizen monitoring groups to advocate for improved social pensions. Together we develop and implement advocacy messages, raise awareness, and monitor progress. This is aimed at enhancing the capacity of older people to voice their needs and ensure their inclusion in government led social pensions.

HelpAge International, PO
Box 78840, London, SE1 7RL

+44 20 7278 7778

[email protected]

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