Fiji – lead country in the Pacific; Robust aging policy: Campbell

Participants of the National Consultation on the Review of Fiji's National Ageing Policy held at the Studio Six conference room today. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

FIJI is perhaps the lead country in the Pacific in terms of its very robust aging policy, says United Nations Population Fund Pacific director Dr Bruce Campbell.

He highlighted this during an interview with The Fiji Times at the National Consultation on the Review of Fiji’s National Ageing Policy held at the Studio Six conference room today.

However, he said a review of this 2011-2015 policy came into place when globally, there had been an increase of older persons living to date.

“We say 60-plus years cohort,  so that’s a brilliant sign of success, overall people are living more healthier lives, they’re living longer lives and are more satisfied in so many ways,” Mr Campbell said.

“This demonstrates that governments have worked well together with CSO partners to ensure that people can live a long and happier life.”

Mr Campbell says to fully take advantage of this, it must be realised that Fiji has a younger population and “we need to envision what things would look like in 2030 or 2050”.

“So we want to have a strong policy that will ensure that we have efficient social services, safety networks so that people can live a long and prosperous life.”

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