Global Commission On Ageing In Developing Countries

Prevalence Of Ageing In PPD Member Countries

Twenty five member countries of PPD constituted 48.6 percent of the world population over 60 years in 2012 and the proportion is projected to increase to 57.1 percent by 2050. Nine member countries of PPD in Asia 2 constituted over 76.4 percent of over 60 years population of Asia in 2012 and it will have increased to 78.1 percent by 2050.

Fourteen Member Countries of PPD in Africa 3 constituted 41 percent of the population over 60 years of Africa in 2012 and the rate is projected to be at 39.2 percent by 2050. All most all of the member countries of PPD will have more than 10 percent of their population over 60 years by 2050.

Background

Achieving longer life expectancy at birth was one of the major goals of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in 1994, Cairo, Egypt. Since then, considerable progress has been made in realizing the goal. Currently, the population aged 60 or over is growing at a faster rate than any other age group, and such reality is almost similar in all most all the countries of the world. Declining fertility rates and increased life expectancy contributed to the increasing rate of the ageing population, and also the improvements in health care, nutrition, sanitation and economic well-being have contributed to the rapid increasing in the ageing of population specially in developing countries.

Undoubtedly the increasing of longevity is a positive indicator of social, economic and technological development, but the ageing population is raising concern in developing countries as their ability to provide social protection, health care and income security for the growing numbers of older citizens are limited.

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