Scientifically validating data on various issues of the elderly, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) on Tuesday in Delhi.
With what is believed to be the largest survey of its kind the survey will cover more than 60,000 elderly over 25 years plan, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Launching the project, BP Sharma, Secretary (HFW) said, “The importance of the study derives from the increasing portion of elderly population in the country. The study will provide valuable data on their health needs, and issues faced by them given the changing social structures, and help us to draw policy tools to address their issues.”
Terming this a very useful study, Sharma further added that the LASI study will provide guidance to move forward in designing schemes for the elderly. He also informed about the Health Protection Scheme announced in the recent Budget, which has a special component of Rs 30,000 for the elderly in the family.
Director General of ICMR Dr Soumya Swaminathan said that there is a tremendous opportunity as this will lay the foundation for other studies on social justice issues also. She further added that this will be a strong study which will help in designing key interventions.
LASI is the largest study on older population in the country. The International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Southern California (USC), USA is undertaking the “The Longitudinal Ageing Study in India” under the aegis of the Ministry of Union Health and Family Welfare.
LASI is jointly funded by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the United States’ National Institute on Ageing, and the United Nations Population Fund-India.