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Union Ministry of Health & Welfare launches LASI

The Union ministry of Health & Welfare have launched a study on Longitudinal Ageing of Indians termed as LASI(Longitudinal Ageing Study in India)

LASI

Need for LASI

  • The 2011census revealed that around 6% of the total population of India is elderly people and with increase in life expectancy it will grow further in future
  • Currently there are no clear databases on elderly people in India
  • It becomes essential to know about the elderly people, their health based study and other social and economic issues related to them
  • This will help to evolve them in the economic planning of the nation whose population will rise up to 7 billion that includes 340 million of 60+ aged people in 2050

About LASI

  • Conducted by: The International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Southern California (USC)
  • Funded by: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the United States National Institute on Ageing, and the United Nations Population Fund-India
  • Criteria: It will survey more than 60,000 elderly over 25 years plan studying various health structures, and impact of social determinants on health of the elderly

Contribution

  • It will contribute to National Programme for Health Care for the Elderly (NPHCE) and the social and economic security programmes planned to be initiated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE).
  • LASI will help in expanding the scope of health and social security policy and programmes for older population.

Points to know

  • Union Minister of Health & Welfare – P.Nadda
  • Secretary of Health & welfare – B P Sharma
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