The situation of older persons in Myanmar: Results from the 2012 survey of older persons

This document is the outcome of a national research on the situation of older people in Myanmar, carried out in 2012. The study was conducted with the partnership, encouragement and facilitation of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, while UNFPA provided valuable support and information.

Population ageing and the well-being of older persons are emerging as major challenges for families, communities and states in much of Asia. To respond effectively with appropriate policies and programmes, both government and non-government agencies need reliable and comprehensive information about the situation of the older population. HelpAge International therefore contracted Myanmar Survey Research to conduct the first comprehensive Survey of Older Persons in Myanmar in March and April 2012. The survey interviewed 4,080 persons aged 60 and older and covered the entire country except Kachin State.