Just 4% of older people in Tanzania receive a pension. This forces them to continue working into old age. Many must do the same difficult physical work such as farming, but as they age they are no longer able to work as much land and their income falls.
Older people in Tanzania also struggle to access adequate healthcare. Although public health facilities are supposed to provide free health services and medication to older people, they often struggle to get seen and drugs are often out of stock.
Tanzania is also the destination for hundreds of thousands of refugees escaping violence and political instability from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Among these are many older people who need urgent support.
HelpAge International Tanzania
PO Box 9846
Dar es Salaam