NAIROBI: 1st November 2023
Social Services Sub-Sector in partnership with HelpAge International- Kenya conclude a 3-day workshop on the development of a policy on older persons.
The County Executive for Talent Skills Development and Care Ms. Rosemary Kariuki said “The development of an older person’s policy is not just a matter of choice it’s a necessity. Such a policy must encompass various aspects, including healthcare, social services, economic security, social inclusion, Age-Friendly Infrastructure, Older persons Abuse Prevention, Older Persons Care Services, Education and Lifelong, among others.
“Developing this policy is not just about promoting the well-being of our elderly population it’s an investment in our collective future. As we age, we hope for the same care, respect, and support that we are discussing today. Let’s ensure that we build a society that honors and cares for its older persons, for they are our living history and a source of wisdom and guidance.” She added.
Chief Officer Social Services Mr. George Mutiso said “The development of an older person’s policy is a complex and ongoing process that requires collaboration among various stakeholders and a commitment to addressing the unique needs and challenges faced by older persons. It is essential to create policies that promote the well-being and dignity of older adults in society.”
Country Director HelpAge International-Kenya Bartlet Jaji said “ I want to appreciate Nairobi City County for starting the process of policy Development that protects the rights and entitlements of older persons in Nairobi County. I encourage you to bring in more stakeholders on board to enhance effectiveness in process delivery. This Partnership is great and we as HelpAge look forward to more engagements.
Said the County Executive “As we come to the end of this enlightening workshop on policy for older persons, I’d like to express my gratitude for your participation and especially Help Age, for the dedication to this crucial cause. It’s been an incredible journey of sharing insights and forging connections. The knowledge and ideas exchanged here will undoubtedly shape the policies and practices that affect the lives of older individuals. Let’s carry this momentum forward as we work collectively to create a society that values, supports, and respects our older citizens.
The County Executive said “This workshop would not have happened without the able team led by Director Social Services Shem Ombura, Director E-learning Elizabeth Ndungu, Director Urban Policy and Research Ruth Waruguru, Deputy Director Social Services Robert Muema, Assistant Directors Fredrick Ogutu, Rosemary Kibathi and Christine Ogondo, County legal team Evans Mogire and Terry Njeru, Rose Bwire Help Age International-Kenya, Morris Omollow Laptrust, Dr. Victor Kibe Esther Katunge State Department for Social Protection among others.
“Remember, aging is a natural part of life, and our policies should reflect the dignity, wisdom, and experience that come with it.
Thank you for being a part of this vital conversation, and I look forward to seeing the positive impact of our collective efforts in the years to come.” Said the County Executive.