FAID is an initiative of a group of volunteers with many years of experience in the field of ageing. The objective of this initiative is to work for the wellbeing of older people in Pakistan and to raises awareness about ageing and support the government, private sector, civil society, academia, and families to get prepared as a country with appropriate age-friendly policies, programs, services, systems and environments to cater for the needs of the old people of now as well those in of future.
The first time in history of human kind, the world is ageing rapidly. Every second, two People celebrate their 60th birthday around the globe. 1 in 9 persons in the world is 60 years old or over. This will increase to 1 person over 60 in every 5 persons by 2050.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world and is among one of those fifteen countries in the world where people over the age of 60 are more than 10 million.
Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes. WHO data puts prevalence of disability in lower income countries among people aged 60 years and above at 43.4%, compared with 29.5% in higher income countries.
Pakistan is committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have human rights at core and ‘Leaving No One Behind’ as a key commitment. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness of the policy makers, development planners and programmers about the importance of making their policies and programmes age, gender and disability inclusive.
Pakistan ranks high among the countries with vulnerability to both human-caused and natural disasters. Older people are among the worst affected during any humanitarian situation.
FAID will focus and work for the wellbeing of older people in Pakistan.