To be implemented by the HelpAge International through the African Women Aids Group (Afriwag) in collaboration with the Magu Poverty Focus on Older People Rehabilitation Centre (MAPERECE), the project is set to benefit at least 13,052 male elders and 12,048 females.
The project which is funded by the American organization, Jersey Overseas Aid will be executed in the districts of Magu and Misungwi in Mwanza Region as well as Korogwe DC and Tanga City council in Tanga Region.
Speaking at the launching of the project in Korogwe recently, the HelpAge International Project Manager, Leonard Ndamgoha said the project would also benefit 12,750 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 24 years and adults of the age between 24 and 59 years living in multi generational households on health ageing, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Geriatric Conditions (GC).
According to him, the specific objectives of the project include improving the capacity and awareness among Primary Health Care Workers (PHCWs), community institutions and community members in Tanga and Mwanza to address the rising burden of Non – Communicable Diseases (NCD), GCs and SRH needs among older people, Youth and Young adults
“Others are to increase awareness among government official’s health stakeholders and organisation working on NCDs and Sexual and Reproductive Health on age, gender and disability.”
He further said the project also aims at increasing advocacy and in-country dialogue initiatives by Older people themselves to address the rising challenges of NCDs.
Activities envisaged under the project would include activities that focus on accelerating domestication and implementation of SDGs particularly SDG 3 and 5 to address inclusive Health and care for vulnerable groups particularly Organizations of People with Disabilities (OPWDs).
“We also focus on increasing advocacy and in-country dialogue initiatives for inclusive health and care policy frameworks to address the rising burden of NCDs, geriatric conditions and SRH needs,” he added.
Launching the project, the Tanga Regional Administrative Secretary, Zena Said commended HelpAge International for deciding to implement the project but cautioned against diverting funds for other purposes.
Hilal Elisha, the Chairman of Magu District Council said that the project would improve on work being done by MAPERECE in reducing fighting against elders’ killings due to witchcraft beliefs and land conflicts.