Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

change language
you are in: home - friendsh...the poor - the aged - lilongwe...roposals contacting usnewsletterlink

Donation Topbar


Lilongwe (Malawi) : The Conclusion of the International Conference on Old People in Africa: the debate and the proposals

printable version

Lilongwe (Malawi) : The Conclusion of the International Conference on Old People in Africa: the debate and the proposals 

The work of the International Conference "Ageing in Africa: Sensitizing the Nations" held on 2 and 3 June in Lilongwe, Malawi,have ended. The initiative, the first of its kind in Africa, has generated great interest in the mass media, which have widely reported the event.
During the four sessions of the conference interntional and Malawian speakers alternated with moments of debate. The discussion focused on how to improve the lives of older people in Africa.

The interventions provided some insight on: the growing number of older people in Africa, the difficult living conditions of people who, in most cases, are no longer able to work, not receiving a pension and often do not even have enough food for live. The number of people living alone, many of which are also caring for grandchildren orphaned by AIDS is growing. There are also frequent incidents of violence against the elderly.

The service to the old people of the Community of Sant'Egidio in Africa, with its insistence on the special bond of friendship between young people and older people generated great interest in the participants.

During the work the desire to create a model of care that can meet the needs of the weakest has clearly emerged.  The benefits of home care (developed in some European countries) compared to the widespread trend to institutionalization has been widely enphasized.

In addition, the conference drew up a charter of rights of the elderly, which states the need to ensure the home care and assistance necessary for a dignified life.

At the conclusion of the conference, the participants agreed to repeat the initiative next year to continue working together, Africans and Europeans, on the future of the elderly.



September 30 2016

Thirst for Peace: the public role of young people for peace, dialogue and development

IT | EN | ES | FR | ID
August 30 2016

The lesson of Mozambican refugees in Luwani to the Youth for Peace: Hope is stronger than evil

The story by the youth from Rome and Padua who spent two weeks in Malawi
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | RU
July 18 2016

The DREAM Center in Blantyre dedicated to the memory of Elard Alumando

IT | EN | ES | FR | PT
July 8 2016

The aid of Sant'Egidio Malawi arrives at the refugee camp of Luwani, where thousands of Mozambicans live

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | RU
July 5 2016

The 'thrown away' elders of Mozambique on a pilgrimage, from loneliness to the mercy of the Jubilee

In Nampula and Beira, hundreds of poor elderly people have crossed the Holy Door with the Community of Sant'Egidio. The youth and the other inhabitants of their neighborhoods were also mobilised: a network of friendship and protection.
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | HU
June 27 2016

In Pemba, a people of the poor and sick goes through the Holy Door with the Community of Sant'Egidio

The Bishop of Pemba, Mons. Luiz Fernando Lisboa, welcomed the poor and celebrated the liturgy
IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
all related news

October 17 2016
Il Mattino di Padova
Quella "cultura dello scarto" simbolo della nostra crisi
October 14 2016
Il Mattino di Padova
Sant'Egidio. Giubileo degli anziani al Santo
September 8 2016
Malawi. Al confine 4mila i profughi dal Mozambico
September 3 2016
La Repubblica - Ed. Genova
In campo anche i liceali volontari a Sant'Egidio
August 4 2016
Corriere di Novara
Emergenza caldo: oltre 3.000 anziani monitorati dalla Comunità di Sant'Egidio
all press-related


276 visits

249 visits

345 visits

353 visits

355 visits
all the related media