GreenLight Initiative joins the Ministry of Health and other partners to participate in a one-day stakeholder planning workshop to develop a national action plan for the health needs of older persons in Nigeria. The stakeholder workshop is in line with the recent GreenLight joint research work on Meeting the Mobility Needs of Older Persons in Nigeria and Uganda which was conducted in partnership with the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) and Makerere University Kampala Uganda. GreenLight was represented by Mr. Simon Patrick Obi and Miss Star Okereh.
The workshop’s objective was to develop a clear “Scope of Work and Terms of Reference (TORs)” for developing an action Plan for the health needs of older persons in Nigeria.
The Elderly care branch is one of the 3 – branches of the GASHE Division in the Department of Family Health. GASHE is an acronym for Gender Adolescent School Health & Elderly. The Elderly care branch was created in 2008 in order to provide interventions to the health challenges faced by older persons in Nigeria with the following mandates:
- It is saddled with the mandate of formulating Policies, Guidelines, and Plans of Action for the Health & well-being of older persons.
- The Provision of a good environment, quality stewardship, and services for the health of all Nigerians Coordinate monitoring and evaluation of the health system and its performance:
- Collaborates with MDAs, Partners working in the area of the Rights & Privileges of Older persons in Nigeria.
- Collaborates with the 36 States Ministries of Health (SMOH) plus the FCT Health Department
The meeting was graced with the following partners working with the elderly care Programme: World Health Organization (WHO), National Senior Citizens Center (NSCC), Non –Governmental Organizations (NGOs) – Greenlight Initiative – an NGO Advocating for Road Safety and Healthy Living, The Dot Glasses – an NGO for radical vision care solution.