Mawlamyine, 5 April

Elderly persons are among the people who are suffering   indiscriminate airstrikes of Myanmar military, and they need immediate humanitarian assistance, said  U  Kyaw Moe Tun, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Myanmar to the United Nations.

At the General Discussion of the Thirteenth Session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA13) held on 3 April in New York, he also called for serious attention of the international community to the crisis in Myanmar especially challenges faced by older persons.

He also highlighted the immediate needs of concrete action and assistance for them.

 He quoted the data collected by the UNFPA five years ago, saying that the number of older persons in Myanmar will likely triple in the next 30 years as the country need adequate social services, protection mechanisms and policies that would benefit the older persons.

Meanwhile, Myanmar indeed had observed significant progresses, based on such credible recommendation.

The ambassador emphasized the progress in raising pension rates, opening day care centers, community-based home care programmes, extending care giver trainings, promoting access to health care and housing support.

 The National Unity Government said that nearly 2 million people have been forced to flee from their homes and over 700 were killed in airstrikes and massacres after the military takeover in Myanmar.

   News—Than Lwin Times

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