Social innovation for the inclusion of elderly and persons with disabilities
20/03/2016On December 7th, 2015, the conference on social innovation for the inclusion of the elderly and people with disabilities was held by the Israeli Embassy; the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour- Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA); and the Vietnam office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Attending the event were Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan; Mrs Meirav Eilon Shahar – Ambassador of the Israeli Embassy to Vietnam; Mrs. Ritsu Nacken – UNFPA Acting Representative in Vietnam and representatives from the NA’s Committee for social affairs; the organizations of persons with disabilities, social organization, companies, expert in the field of caring and implementing the right of people with disability from Israel and Vietnam.
At the opening speech, Mrs. Meirav Eilon Shahar shared that the conference with the aim at sharing experiences of Israel to meet the demand of elderly and people with disabilities basing on the model, social innovation and high technology and exchanging and discussing on the Vietnam’s experience in the process of implementation the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) At the conference, MOLISA Deputy Minister Pham Minh Huan said Vietnam has paid attention to caring for people with disabilities and the elderly, as illustrated in measures to ensure their rights, rehabilitation and living standards. The policies and law for elderly, persons with disabilities have been improved on the base on human right approaching, gradually, improved the material and spirit life for elderly and persons with disability matching with the socio - economic development of the country. It also issued the Law on the Elderly and the Law on Persons with Disabilities, and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, he added. And the implementation process in recently years showed the efforts of Vietnam to ensure the equality right on opportunities and the specific right of people with disabilities. The activities aimed at overcoming a difficulties for people with disabilities in their integration in life and access to social services, gradually reduce barriers to social inclusion for people with disabilities ... Ambassador Meirav Elion Shahar said the number of people with disabilities and elderly in the world is expected to hit 2 billion within the next five decades, and many of them will be unable to support themselves. Therefore, countries and social organisations should join hands in assisting the disabled and elderly. They should create opportunities for them to rehabilitate and utilise their own abilities. Meanwhile, UNFPA Acting Representative in Vietnam Ritsu Nacken spoke about the country’s rapidly aging population, stressing that care for the elderly is becoming a critical problem facing the Government. Vietnam needs to properly evaluate the capacity of people with disabilities and the elderly so it can provide them with equal opportunities and support, she noted. At the conference, participants looked into facts about the targeted groups in Vietnam, their social inclusion and access to employment, and early diagnosis and intervention for children with disabilities, technology solution for persons with disabilities, e-rehabilitation.