Agenda 11: Thematic Segment HIV and Ageing
By Kene Esom
Many thanks to the panel for a very interesting and informative session on HIV and Aging.
The conversation on aging with HIV is one that is very ripe particularly in the context of sub saharan Africa where a number of social and structural issues impact on older people living with HIV.
In many African countries, a reverse urban-rural migration occurs as people retire from public service and private practice and return to the rural country side to become custodians of their family estates and properties. Without universal social security, system medical insurance or assisted care and with health centers in rural areas having very limited capacity for managing HIV and other chronic illnesses associated with aging, these persons are pretty much left without treatment, care and support.
I would like to request the African ministers of health and state delegations in this chamber to open a conversation on the important issue of HIV and aging in the context of sub saharan Africa and to develop models of care that are appropriate for our context.
My appreciation again to the panel for a very enlightening discussion.