SUPPORTING THE ELDERLY IN MPIGI
Many older persons still struggle with ailments, orphans and lack of basic resources with minimal help. In Uganda, only 7.1% of elderly people have access to social security like the pension. There is substantial evidence that the quality of life of the older persons has not improved over time especially those living in the villages.
There are no formal care structures in Uganda and the one and only available program, the Senior citizen Grant can hardly address the real needs of this growing population. Despite the increased government goodwill towards health care in Uganda, the health budgets do not specifically spell out health-related needs for the elderly and there are no health insurance schemes for such vulnerable categories of people
Through my NGO Twezimbe Development Foundation, we visited the elderly persons from Mpigi town Council and supported them with basic needs including; Basins, blankets, soap among others.
Mpigi District Local Leaders' Sacco was also launched.