Bhubaneswar: HelpAge India has change into the primary Indian establishment to have gained the celebrated ‘2020 UN Inhabitants Award’ in its ‘institutional class’. The award, which included a Diploma Certificates, a gold medal and a financial prize was offered in a felicitation ceremony held by the United Nations Inhabitants Fund, India (UNFPA) on Thursday.
The United Nations yearly honours a person and/or establishment for excellent contributions to inhabitants and reproductive well being questions.
HelpAge India has been working for ‘the trigger and care of deprived older individuals to enhance their high quality of life’ for over 4 many years. It obtained this recognition for its impactful work with and for deprived aged.
This honour is available in recognition of HelpAge India’s excellent contribution to inhabitants points and consciousness, in its efforts within the realization of older particular person’s rights in India since 1978.
Addressing ageing points and issues in India on the award ceremony, consultant of UNFPA India, Argentina Matavel Piccin, mentioned, “This can be a second of immense delight and pleasure for all of us working right here in India, particularly for these of us who’re working within the discipline of ageing and care of the aged. To put the aged and their wants squarely on the coverage and finances allocations agenda of the nation is a significant precedence. Your (HelpAge India’s) tireless and constant efforts have lastly paid off and caught the world’s consideration, whether or not it’s in working one of many largest cell healthcare networks, offering employment to the aged or selling inter-generational exchanges, linking younger individuals with the aged. We should change the narrative and refocus on the aged as a useful resource, a repository of huge information. UNFPA could be very happy with our partnership with HelpAge India”.
In his acceptance speech, Chairperson, HelpAge India, Kiran Karnik, mentioned, “It’s an honour, on behalf of HelpAge India, to obtain the UN Inhabitants Award 2020, a primary for an Indian non-profit on this class. We’re notably pleased to see ageing issues being dropped at centre-stage. In India, an awesome proportion of the elders are financially depending on their households, and dwell with them. In lots of circumstances, they’re perceived as a burden, and this typically leads to ill-treatment and even violence. Elders face many points – from monetary, to bodily, to psychological. Illness and continual afflictions – clearly frequent amongst elders – can imply massive and unexpected expenditures, one thing that almost all households can not afford. There are additionally numerous elders who’re destitute, typically with nobody to take care of them. The numerous points dealing with elders have been significantly amplified and expanded during the last one yr as we search to sort out the Covid 19 pandemic. Elders are much more susceptible and have to take particular care. UNFPA is amongst our most vital and valued companions who’ve helped to take work ahead in the entire area of elders”.