Violence and abuse

The abuse of older persons remains a taboo in Malawi. It often happens inconspicuously and in many cases goes unnoticed. However, evidence shows that it occurs frequently and in all types of settings in our communities. No community can claim to be immune from any of such forms of abuse/discrimination. Elder abuse takes many different forms. Many older persons suffer discrimination in the public sphere,

Health & Care

According to a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the overwhelming burden of diseases in older men and women in developing countries is now from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer and long-term issues related to reproductive health in women. The health and care needs of people change as they age and should be addressed across the life course.

Income & Security

As mentioned above, Malawi ranks one of the poorest countries in the world and inequality is also very high. Therefore it is not surprising that poverty among older men and women is high. This is largely due to: lack of appropriate, secure, predictable and regular income; increase in perennial disasters like floods in some districts, breakdown of the family support systems and/or absence of a universal pension.


Older men and women are experiencing ageism – stereotyping, unfair treatment and discrimination based on a person’s age. This can impact a person’s confidence, job prospects, financial situation and quality of life. Older people are regarded as not being useful members of society and are left out of dialogue which directly affects them. The negative attitudes and behavior against older persons make.

MANEPO "Promoting the rights of older persons"

A society in which the rights of older men and women are protected and promoted in order for them to lead dignified, quality, active and secure lives

MANEPO'S four strategic objectives

  • Older men and women have stable and predictable income
  • Older men and women can access appropriate health services
  • Older men and women live in a safe environment
  • Older men and women have strengthened voice