Tajikistan hosts round table on healthy ageing

Life expectancy in Tajikistan has increased from 64 to 74.3 years over the last 15 years. In his annual message to the Parliament in 2016, the honorable president of Republic of Tajikistan emphasized the importance of addrerssing ageing and the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population (MOHSP) requested technical support from WHO Country Office in Tajikistan to develop policies for the well-being of older adults in Tajikistan.

With support of WHO/Europe and  the Country office, MOHSP organized a round table on assessment of services for older  people in Tajikistan and an introduction to international experiences in this sector on 13 October 2016.

50 participants attended the meeting, representing a wide range of stakeholders in the field of ageing: from the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan; MOHSP; the Ministry of Labor, migration and employment; United Nations agencies; national organizations of older people and international nongovernmental organisations. Over the course of two working sessions, medical and social aspects of ageing were discussed. The round table concluded that promoting healthy ageing, and building systems to meet the needs of older adults, can be a sound investment in a future where older people have the freedom to be and do what they value. The information gathered and detailed recommendations produced will support in the situational analysis and development of a healthy ageing strategy for Tajikistan.