A call to set out emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to protect the elderly
Al-Jamali: Any imbalances affecting the elderly could disrupt the entire social system
Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Assistant Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee, called on setting out to establish emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to face the crises that may affect the most vulnerable groups, including health crises or others, stressing in the same context the need for the issuance of a decision to establish National Committees Concerned with the affairs of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as improving the process of protecting the most vulnerable groups and determining the appropriate responses to the health challenges they may be exposed to.
This came during the opening speech delivered by Al-Jamali at a webinar organized by the National Human Rights Committee on The situation of the rights of the elderly as one of the most vulnerable groups in times of crisis. The webinar is organized with the aim to shedd light on the status of the elderly in the State of Qatar, from a social and legal point of view or in terms of measures taken in terms of the efforts made at the policy and institutional level in general and in the quarantine period in particular. Al-Jamali said: The National Human Rights Committee praises Cabinet Decision No. (26) of 2019 to establish the National Committee for Women, Children, Older People and Persons with Disabilities Affairs, considering the decision a call to promote the rights of the most vulnerable groups, including the elderly. The Assistant Secretary-General of the National Human Rights Committee called on all governmental and non-governmental state bodies and institutions representing the Committee on Women, Children, Elderly People and Persons with Disabilities to set out emergency preparedness to prepare national strategies to address the crises that the most vulnerable groups may encounter. Al-Jamali appreciated the prominent and important role played by the Center for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan) and the high-level services it provides, most importantly the comprehensive care services provided by the center. Al Jamali said: There is no doubt that this center plays a great role in enhancing protection and empowerment for the elderly,
It is noteworthy that a package of working papers on the rights of the elderly in health crises were presented. Mr. Nasser Al-Marri, Head of the Investigations and Legal Consultations Department at the National Human Rights Committee presented a working paper on the rights of the elderly in the context of international human rights conventions, Ms. Reem Al-Ajmi, social affairs expert at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, presented a working paper on social and legal protection for the elderly at the national level, while Mr. Salem Al-Anzi, Head of the Psychological Care Unit at the Center for Empowerment and Elderly Care (Ehsan) presented a working paper on the psychological welfare of the elderly in the context of the coronavirus crisis.