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Les personnes âgées africaines sont-elles toutes vulnérables ?

Abstract : Older people in most African countries have long remained out of the scope of public policies. The fast ageing process that the continent will undergo in the coming years has raised a new interest in their situation. This chapter deals with their vulnerability, on the basis of studies led in Uganda. Ageing can be associated to increased vulnerability in terms of health risks in the absence of effective social protection and quality public health services. Coping with health and other risks depends for most older people on the existence of personal resources (human capital, savings, assets,…) and on the efficiency of interpersonal support systems (social capital). It is the accumulation of unfavourable situations that marks higher vulnerability situations : the absence of a pension, of capital, and of family support. In contexts of high poverty, it is the family network that makes the difference.
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Valérie Golaz, Stephen Ojiambo Wandera. Les personnes âgées africaines sont-elles toutes vulnérables ?. La vulnérabilité à l’encontre des idées reçues, Laboratoire Population Environnement Développement (LPED), pp.52-63, 2020, Les impromptus du LPED. ⟨hal-02921961⟩

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