Assessing Results of UNFPA’s Piloted Community-based Model on Care for Older Persons in Ben Tre and Hai Duong Provinces

Author: Anh Nguyen Ngoc, Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai, Thuy Tran Thanh, Nguyen Thi Huyen, Nguyen Duy Phuong, Pham Van Long
Publisher: Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Publish year: 2016
Keywords: UNFPA, Intergenerational Self-Help Club, OPAs, Older persons, Help Age

Report “Assessing Results of UNFPA’s Piloted Community-based Model on Care for Older Persons in Ben Tre and Hai Duong Provinces”.

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In the project on "Prevention, combat against domestic violence, control of gender imbalance at birth (GIAB), and health care for the elderly" funded by UNFPA in Hai Duong Province and Ben Tre Province, Intergeneration Self-Help Club (ISHC) model was created and piloted with the aim of taking care of the elderly and promoting their roles by relying on the community. After over two years of implementation, this model has achieved certain results. The Development and Policies Research Center (DEPOCEN) was chosen to conduct the survey and evaluate the performance of the model as well as to point out its limitations.

The survey was carried out in Hai Duong Province from 11th to 17th November 2015 and in Ben Tre Province from 23rd to 27th November 2015. There were a total of 240 ISHC members participating in the survey. In addition, 14 focus group discussions with representatives of Project Management Unit (PMU), representatives of the province and district departments of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, representatives of province and district Associations of the Elderly and 24 in-depth interviews with relevant departments, unions and governments of the target communes and ISHC members were undertaken. The following parts present key findings of the survey.

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