CADROP’s operations concentrate on three focal areas:
- Poverty and Social Pensions
- Elder Abuse
The ageing of Nigeria’s population is being accompanied by a rising exposure to risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Together these trends are increasingly placing a ‘double burden’ of disease on Nigeria’s population: persistent and pervasive infectious disease and a growing incidence of age-related chronic disease, such as infectious disease and age-related chronic disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. At individual level, older persons additionally suffer ill-health and functional disability due to musculo-skeletal conditions, visual impairments, and mental disorders such as dementia and depression.
International frameworks urge governments to enhance health service provision to ensure effective and fully accessible, prevention, control and management of chronic disease associated with older age. Yet, Nigeria’s health systems - preoccupied with a priority focus on infectious disease, and maternal and child health - remain largely unresponsive to age-related conditions. Indications are, moreover, that older persons may have less access to required health care than younger people pointing to age-related inequities in health.
CADROP’s activities in the area of health centre on
- Development of training to build relevant skills and competencies of health staff
- Research and advocacy to promote policy to enhance health systems’ responsiveness to age-related chronic disease and older persons