Last updated: 31/1/2020

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Programme objectives

The presidential programme "Our Elderly Rights" aims to satisfy the demand for non-contributory social protection for the elderly. The objective of the programme is to promote family and community participation and social integration of the elderly, offering a series of interventions with an integral approach that allow them to access several services that promote the enjoyment of an active and healthy life.

The programme Our Elderly Rights is incorporated as a component of the conditional cash transfer programme "Comunidades Solidarias" (Solidarity in communities) as of January 2011; and from 2018, it is incorporated into the Poverty Eradication Strategy (EEP) of El Salvador.

Programme components
i) Basic Universal Pension /// ii) Promotion of health and nutrition /// iii) Learning together /// iv) Exercising rights and citizenship /// v) Recreating tradition and culture /// vi) Improving and fitting out spaces /// vii) Promotion of economic empowerment

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Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
i) Basic Universal Pension: Cash delivery in public events. /// ii) Promotion of health and nutrition:1) Services of promotion, prevention, primary care and rehabilitation; home healthcare; strengthening of preventive medical actions and exercise of healthy lifestyles and nutritional check-ups and attention;2) Community health teams, in order to warranty the quality of services provision. /// iii) Learning together: 1) Literacy : implementation of literacy circles especially destined to women in order to reduce the gender gaps;2)Training of professional staff : creation of University courses and Master in gerontology through agreements with foreign universities. /// iv) Exercising rights and citizenship: 1) Communication strategies: promoting the rediscovery and social recognition of the elderly through sensibilization and information in the media;2) Training activities to strengthen rights and empowerment, in order to promote the participation of the elderly, organising them and establishing a social network that links them with their families and communities;3) Legal consultancies for the promotion of rights: identification, processing, and resolution of the main legal issues of the elderly; legal assistance for obtaining ID cards; presentation of the legal reforms that promote the improvement of their rights. /// v) Recreating tradition and culture: 1) Development of re-creative, cultural and physical activities for older adults; promotion of inter-generational links; 2) Historical memory recovery through the creation of peoples books and a publication with national coverage. /// vi) Improving and fitting out spaces: 1) Fitting out of regional temporary shelters for immediate attention of the elderly in cases of natural disasters; attention to victims of violence (especially family and gender violence). /// vii) Promotion of economic empowerment: 1) Promotion of entrepreneurship: identification of community products with market potential; support to the design and execution of productive projects and strengthening of capacities for the production and administration of their initiatives; 2) Labour orientation and intermediation: participation of public and privates institutions willing to hire elderly in decent conditions.