Minister of Gender and Family Hon. Zenysha Shaheed Zaki has today launched “Ranveyla” – a nationwide awareness campaign to promote the rights of older persons. Speaking at a ceremony held at Baa Atoll Eydhafushi, Minister Zenysha noted that Ranveyla campaign aims to increase participation of elderly persons within family and community, enhance care and assistance provided for them, and improve their health and emotional well-being.
As part of the Ranveyla campaign, a training programme targeted to Social Workers and Health Officers will be held in Baa Atoll Eydhafushi today. In addition, a Health Screening Programme for senior citizens is also scheduled to be conducted in Baa Atoll Eydhafushi, Dhonfanu, Maalhos and Dharavandhoo, in collaboration with Eydhafushi Hospital and respective Health Centres.
During the visit to Baa Eydhafushi, Minister Zenysha visited the Family and Children Service Centre established in Eydhafushi and met with the staff to discuss ways of strengthening the services provided by the Centre. In addition, Minister Zenysha also met with senior officials of the Atoll and Island Council, Police Station, Eydhafushi Hospital and School to share information on the work undertaken by the Ministry and discussed areas for collaboration between the relevant agencies and the Ministry.
Ranveyla campaign will focus on three thematic areas: “Participation”, “Care” and “Well-being” of older persons. Under the campaign, awareness sessions, training programmes and workshops are scheduled to be held across the country.
14 August 2016