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The potential of the National ageing policy in enabling social protection of the elderly in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania

Show simple item record Malima, Regina C. 2021-09-14T06:42:20Z 2021-09-14T06:42:20Z 2021
dc.identifier.issn 2773-675X
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Although substantial progress has been made in adopting National Ageing Policy (NAP) of 2003 in Tanzania, lack of enforceable laws to ensure successfully implementation of the policy on elderly social protection remain a major challenge. This paper examined the NAP of 2003 on the elderly social protection in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The issues covered the policy environment of the NAP on provision of basic needs to the elderly, institutional arrangements in relation to the elderly’s social protection and factors affecting the implementation of NAP. A cross-sectional design was used and data were collected through FGDs and key informant interviews. Data were analysed by using content analysis. The study found that while Tanzania has taken some elderly’s social protection initiatives including the adoption of the NAP, the measures have not been adequately implemented in achieving effective and sustainable welfare of the elderly due to absence of legislation that backup the implementation of the NAP. The study concludes that; in the absence of elderly’s legal framework and effective institutional arrangements, successful interventions to support the elderly will not be achieved. Therefore, it is recommended that the Government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children need to review the NAP and come up with effective legal and regulatory framework measures that will guide and control the elderly social protection services delivery. Such measures include the enactment of the elderly law(s), establishment of effective institutional arrangements with coherent systems, enforcement and coordination engagements in order to guide social protection design and implementation processes that promote effective elderly’s social protection in Tanzania. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Elderly en_US
dc.subject social protection en_US
dc.subject policy en_US
dc.subject legal and regulatory framework en_US
dc.title The potential of the National ageing policy in enabling social protection of the elderly in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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