Do cash transfers help older people to access health services? 

‘We found that while cash transfers can have a positive impact on older people’s access to health services, their effectiveness was limited by low coverage and inadequate benefit levels. Improving income security through social protection mechanisms, such as universal pensions, alongside health promotion activities targeted at older people, can provide a useful way for supporting better access to health services.’

In the context of increasing national and international commitment towards achieving universal health coverage, and the need to address ageing and health issues in all countries, cash transfers are a potential strategy in removing some of the barriers to accessing health care for older people. But what does the evidence say?

Flavia Galvani, Social Protection Policy Officer at HelpAge International, discusses Age International’s study into the impact of cash transfers on older people’s access to health, on The Lancet Global Health Blog.

Read full article here: Do cash transfers help older people to access health services? | The Lancet Global Health Blog

Zanzibar pension scheme one year on

Older man in Zanzibar stands holding a bowl of fruit.

In April 2016 Zanzibar became the first state in East Africa to provide older people with a social pension, thanks to lobbying work by Age International and our partner HelpAge Tanzania.

Now, anyone over the age of 70 can receive 20,000 Tanzanian Shillings (£7.30) a month. On the first anniversary of the scheme, Age International visits older people in Zanzibar to see how their lives have changed.

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Age discrimination is rife around the world – but older people are using data to fight back, says new report

Older people are being robbed at pension payment points; have unexplained deductions from their pensions; and are being denied access to healthcare. However, through the Older Citizen Monitoring groups that Age International helps to support, older people are also successfully leading the fight against discrimination.

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Despite expansion of social pensions, half of the world’s population goes without

Pensions not poverty.

The second Global AgeWatch Index ranking quality of life for older people around the world welcomes the expansion of social pensions but highlights that half of the world’s population faces a bleak future without one.

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What the 2014 Global AgeWatch Index tells us about pensions

Zaina and her paralyzed husband in Tanzania.

What the 2014 Global AgeWatch Index tells us about pensions.

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