By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Population, Panel on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Africa, Jane Menken, Barney Cohen

ISBN-10: 0309102812

ISBN-13: 9780309102810

According to a workshop equipped by means of the Committee on inhabitants in collaboration with the overall healthiness and inhabitants department, institution of Public well-being, Univ. of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July, c2004. provides to wisdom of the location of older humans in sub-Saharan Africa, and indicates extra study during this region. For researchers. Softcover.

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TABLE 1-2 Potential Pathways Through Which AIDS Epidemic Can Adversely Affect the Well-Being of Parents of Adult Children with AIDS and Their Possible Specific Consequences 30 SOURCE: Knodel et al. (2003). Reproduced with permission. Economic/financial A. Opportunity cost of time taken from economic activities B. Indebtedness from borrowing money to cover expenses C. Depletion of savings or sale of assets to cover expenses D. Disruption of PDAs contributions to parents’ household E. Loss of future support when parents are in old age F.

2002). In addition to these problems, the devaluation of local currencies necessitated by structural adjustment programs has severely eroded the value of benefits in some countries (Kaseke, 2004). South African Pension Program No discussion of social protection of older people in sub-Saharan Africa would be complete without a description of the South African social pension program, which is quite unusual in sub-Saharan Africa with respect to its level of coverage and generosity of benefit (Case and Deaton, 1998).

Unlike most social security programs, which typically offer survivor and disability benefits, most provident funds generally provide only a single lump-sum amount at retirement. Generally the level of the lump-sum payment is extremely modest and cannot actually support anyone in retirement. , 2002). In a number of countries, for example, Ghana, Nigeria, and Zambia, these early provident funds have now been converted to defined-benefit social security systems. In some countries, including Sierra Leone, Eritrea, and Somalia, efforts to introduce schemes have been stalled by armed conflicts.

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