Universal social protection for all carers: A necessity for securing long-term care in the context of population ageing

The world’s population is ageing as an increasing number of countries go through a demographic transition. This phenomenon is emerging more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than in highincome countries with two out of three older persons today living in low- and middle-income countries. It is projected that this proportion will increase to four out of five older persons by 2050 (UN 2019). As the world is facing major upheaval owing to climate change, which is likely to impact the health of older persons and their capacity to cope with existing disease burdens, social protection policies need to adopt a life-cycle approach to the prevention of life contingencies that are rarely predictable at the individual level and to secure the protection of older persons when long-term care (LTC), needs arise.