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MANEPO fights abuse of the elderly

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Malawi Network for Older Person’s Organisation (MANEPO) joins the rest of the world in fighting against any form of elderly abuse on World Elderly Abuse Awareness Day celebration to be held in Lilongwe on Monday.

According to MANEPO each year thousands of people are abused, neglected and exploited. Many victims are older persons who cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs.

National coordinator for MANEPO Andrew Kavala said world elderly abuse awareness day is an excellent opportunity to share information about the abuse the elderly meet in their lives and how best they can deal with them.

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“The purpose of the day is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elderly abuse and neglect,” Kavala explained.

He further said they have outlined a number of activities on the day, and will visit some of the elderly persons in Lilongwe with traditional dances to spice up the event.

“Since its inception in 2006 communities throughout the country and around the world have used this day to raise the visibility of the abuse and promote resources and services that work to increase victim safety and improve offender accountability, he said.

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The abuse awareness day was launched by the international network for the prevention of elderly abuse and the World Health Organisation.

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