Six countries in Africa: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda, were listed among the 10 worst places to grow old in the world.
The Global AgeWatch Index recently showed that Africa is the worst place to grow old. The AgeWatch Index indicted six African countries on the list of the 10 worst places to grow old. Switzerland was presented as the best country, while Afghanistan as the last.
The index measured the income security, health and whether the aged had access to public transport, social connections as well as their physical safety. Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda and Uganda were among the 10 worst countries.
However, Toby Porter, chief executive of HelpAge International, said he could not include many countries as there was not enough data available. He told the New York Times that out of 54 countries in Africa, there was enough data available to include only 11.
He called for better facilities for the aged especially in Africa. He enjoined the government to look into geriatric welfare. Toby Porter also encouraged NGOs to look into ways of bettering the lives of old people, especially in Africa.