Afford Programme Recognized for Promoting Dignity and Rights of the Elderly in Malawi

Blantyre, Malawi – Stakeholders from across various countries gathered at the Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel to celebrate the conclusion of the Accountability and Fulfillment for Older People to Raise Rights and Dignity (AFFORD) programme. Led by MANEPO and attended by Jean Sendeza, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, the meeting marked the end of a project that has made remarkable progress in promoting the dignity and rights of the elderly.

The AFFORD programme, launched in 2017 with the financial support of Irish Aid, has been a beacon of hope for the elderly across Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. Through the programme partnerships, it has not only advocated for the rights of the elderly but also addressed the elderly unique challenges.

Minister Jean Sendeza lauded the AFFORD programme for its pivotal role in upholding the status and dignity of the elderly. “The accountability programme for the elderly has played a vital role in promoting the dignity of senior citizens. Through AFFORD, we have seen a significant impact on the lives of the elderly, ensuring they are respected and valued members of our society,” she remarked.

Andrew Kavala, Executive Director of MANEPO, highlighted the programme’s achievements, particularly its role in advocating for the Older Persons’ Bill in Malawi. “The AFFORD programme has been instrumental in our advocacy efforts, leading to the passing of the Older Persons’ Bill. This legislative success is a testament to the programme’s effectiveness in championing the rights of the elderly,” Kavala stated.

As MANEPO and its regional partners bid farewell to the AFFORD programme, the commitment to uphold and advance the rights of the elderly continues, inspired by the programme’s success and the collective efforts of all involved.

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