Uganda’s life expectancy is at 43

The Gender, Labor and Social Development, Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, says although they would wish to cover all elderly people across the country, they are unable to do so because of limited funding.

Government has suspended the proposed expansion of the Social Assistance Grant for Empowerment- SAGE to 72 new districts citing lack of resources. Under the SAGE program, government gives elderly people beyond 65 years of age a monthly stipend of Shillings 25,000.

Currently, the SAGE program only covers 156,000 elderly people in 40 districts. Government has spent more than Shillings 100 billion on the beneficiaries in the last five years.  Initially, government planned to enroll a new district on the program each month.

But the Gender, Labor and Social Development, Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana, says although they would wish to cover all elderly people across the country, they are unable to do so because of limited funding.

He was speaking this morning at the Government owned media center to give the accountability of his ministry for the past one year during the ongoing NRM Manifesto week. Bigirimana said the age limit will be determined by the number of people in a particular age group and government’s ability to provide for them.

According to the 2014 National Population Census carried out by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, there are at least 1.2 million elderly people aged 60 and above in 112 districts throughout the country.

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