Bolivia

We work with Bolivia's national and local governments and older people's organizations to reduce poverty and ensure the fulfillment of older people human rights.

We run income-generating activities so older people can enjoy a more dignified life.

We improve older people's access to age-friendly health programs and services.

We reduce older people's vulnerability to the effects of natural disasters and migration by creating projects that focus on cutting the risks presented by emergencies and disasters.

We promote more participation and leadership by older women.

The difference we made in 2010-2011

  • We supported the network of older people's associations, which now has almost 125,000 older members and is estimated to reach 52% of older people in Bolivia. These associations helps older people engage the government on issues ranging from documentation issues to new national laws.
  • More than 13,000 older people have joined the health insurance system in La Paz; this number represents 53% of the total adult population.
  • We have just finished research in rural areas that shows an increasing number of older people are now effectively surrogate parents.
  • We also recently completed a study of the labor situation of older people in La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, with CEDLA (Research on Labor and Agricultural Development Center). The study showed the number of older people still in work rose from 38.4% in 2001 to 44% in 2010.
  • Our research into the situation of older human rights showed only 22.7% of older people have access to a contributory pension.

The difference we made in recent years

  • Our socio-legal centres have helped over 25,000 older people access pensions and health insurance. These centres deal with around 9,600 cases a year.
  • Thanks to our efforts, around 12,000 more older people are now included in 30 municipal programmes and budgets. This has resulted in more people having access to social health insurance.
  • We've created two new older people's organisations in the rural areas of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. These give older people the opportunity to lead and to voice their needs to local and national government.

What next? 

  • We will start a program to protect older people's social rights.
  • We will work on getting programs specifically for older people included in municipal plans.
  • We will organize and train community groups of older people in disaster risk reduction.

Partners

Fundación Horizontes, Viceministerio de Igualdad de Oportunidades, Fundación Beni, Centro de orientación Socio legal La Paze, Centro de orientación Socio legal Santa Cruz, Centro de orientación Socio legal Sucre, Gobierno Municipal de Sucre, Centro de orientación Socio legal Potosí, Gobierno Municipal de Potosí, FUNDEPCOSUMAJ PUNCHAY, SEPADES, Comunidad Aymarás Urbanos de Pampajasi - CAUP - Awichas, ASDI

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