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Published: 2013

The situation of older persons in Myanmar: Results from the 2012 Survey of Older Persons

Rapid population ageing means challenges for Myanmar
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Myanmar’s population is beginning to age rapidly.  According to UN projections, by 2050 older people will comprise a quarter of Myanmar’s total population. Shortly after 2035, persons aged 60 and older will outnumber children under age 15.

This document is the outcome of a national research on the situation of older people in Myanmar, carried out in 2012. It argues that Myanmar has now a window of opportunity to develop and expand creative approaches to help fill the gaps created by changing family structures, through initiatives by government,
empowered communities and civil society. The predictability of the demographic changes that lie ahead and the extensive information provided by the Survey of Older Persons in Myanmar highlight the importance of a social protection system that embraces the older population, their families and communities. This window of opportunity is limited in time and should not be missed.
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