Capacity building of the Federation for the Care of the Aged (KFCA) in order to improve care for the elderly in DPRK.
Since 2004, TGH has been working in partnership with KFCA to improve the living conditions of the elderly in North Korea. This new programme aims at strengthening the partner's skills; improving the capacity of the country's retirement homes; setting up multi-service reception centres for the elderly.
- Funding: EuropeAid
- Final beneficiaries: 700 KFCA members, 308 employees in the Reception Centres, 500 seniors. Indirectly, some 3,300,000 people over the age of 60 will benefit from the project.
- Partners: KFCA
Preparation of the International Day of Older Persons, Munchon
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In 2014, 14% of the country's population - 3,390,000 people - was over 60 years old. Although the population officially benefits from a free health care system, needs are significant in health care for the aging: in gerontology and geriatrics. The sector is evolving (awareness-raising, university programmes, specializations), but health infrastructure still provide few services dedicated to aging issues, and they are not adapted to this specific category of the population.
The overall objective of this programme is to strengthen the capacity of civil society in order to improve the living conditions of the elderly. This is the second phase of a project that has been implemented for several years. More specifically, it focuses on improving the quality of care through capacity building, awareness-raising on the situation of these people, as well as material support and innovative activities.
The first component focuses on the institutional and technical capacity building of KFCA (Korean Federation for the Care of the Aged - created in the 2000s) and caregivers in retirement homes and multiservice centres. Training on national and international public policies on aging and care practices will be provided to KFCA employees at national and provincial levels. Provincial committees will be equipped with computers and printers to facilitate communication with the central committee. Finally, a seminar and a study tour will be organized in order to discover organizations and institutions for elderly people abroad.
Photo of the seminar
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The second component aims to improve community and/ or home care through the creation of three multiservice centres. The rehabilitation of three public health complexes is planned, as well as the provision of support to optimize the social environment and meet basic needs, especially in terms of food security. Working groups composed of caregivers and centre staff will be set up, and more than 50 home care providers will be trained in basic care.
Finally, awareness-raising activities and advocacy for the rights and access to care for elderly people living at home will be developed in order to increase awareness of the issue within KFCA at provincial and community levels (people living at home and their caregivers, staff in retirement homes and reception centres). The overall improvement in awareness of aging issues will be based on the production of communication materials and research to be shared with relevant actors (donors, politicians, civil servants) with a view to fostering investment in the sector.