Elderly Association praised for contributions to national development

Tuesday, 2015-05-05 17:50:20
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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam presents the first-class Labour Order to the Vietnam Association of the Elderly at the meeting. (Image credit: bienphong.com.vn)
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NDO – The Vietnam Association of the Elderly (VAE), in its 20 years of development, has contributed greatly to national socio-economic development, as well as promoting the role of elderly people in the community and mobilising its members to join the patriotic emulation movement, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said.

The leader, who is also Chairman of the National Committee on Ageing, was speaking at the VAE national congress on patriotic emulation in Hanoi on May 5 in celebration of its 20th founding anniversary (May 10, 1995-2015) and receiving first-class Labour Order.

Deputy PM Dam stressed that the Party and State always respect the work of caring for elderly people, ensuring the elderly are cared for in the best conditions, especially promoting their knowledge and experience to make practical contributions to national development.

Through multiple emulation movements, the VAE at all levels has encouraged not only the elderly, but all of society, to actively participate in local socio-economic development. The association is also actively involved in international co-operation, contributing to enhancing the position, reputation and image of Vietnam in the international arena. Many elderly people have become the nucleus of the movements, as well as support for their families and the communities. They are an indispensable force alongside the Party committees and local governments to direct the movements, Deputy PM Dam affirmed.

Vietnam was recognised for realising the Millennium Development Goals regarding caring for the elderly and raising life expectancy, he added, while pointing out the need to continue implementing policies on elderly care and promote innovation to better care for the poor and the elderly.

He urged local authorities and the VAE to join hands to take care of the elderly and promote their knowledge and experience to help them live happy, healthy and useful lives, contributing to the cause of national development and defence.

According to VAE Chairwoman Cu Thi Hau, in their 20 years of operations, the association has co-operated with State agencies to design related legal regulations and policies and deliver assistance to the elderly.

At present, more than 1.5 million elderly individuals nationwide enjoy monthly social benefits and nearly 50% have been given health insurance cards. Relevant agencies also hold longevity celebrations for about 1 million people and offer aid to another 900,000 others every year, she noted.

A number of the programmes have also proven effective, such as those supporting house-building and eye surgery expenses for the disadvantaged. The VAE will co-ordinate with relevant agencies on the national action programme on the elderly and supervise the implementation of the Law on the Elderly and related policies, Hau said.

During the congress, the VAE was presented with the Labour Order, first class. In addition, 22 collectives and 41 individuals were presented Certificates of Merit by the VAE for their contributions to the association’s operations.