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Schermafdruk 2018 06 20 07.02.25The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$118 million loan today to support China’s Anhui Province in developing and managing a diversified, three-tiered aged care service delivery system for the elderly, particularly those with limited functional ability. The Anhui Aged Care System Demonstration Project is the first World Bank-supported project globally to focus exclusively on developing a services system for elderly care.

Population ageing is occurring rapidly in China, with people aged 65 and older expected to comprise about 26 percent of the total population by 2050.  The population who are over 80 years old has been increasing even faster. Traditionally, elderly care has been provided by family members. However, with demographic and socioeconomic changes, families alone may not be able to continue shouldering the burdens of elderly care. At the national level, the government has laid out a vision for a three-tiered aged care system with home-based care as its bedrock, supported by community-based care and supplemented by institutional care.

Similar to the rest of China, Anhui faces challenges in meeting the care needs of its elderly population, totaling some 6.9 million people over age 65, including about 1.3 million with limited functional ability and requiring help with daily activities. Today, most elderly care services in Anhui are supplied informally, by family members or relatives. Formal home-based care and community care are still largely underdeveloped.

“The project will help address the challenges facing China and Anhui’s aged care system, and contribute to the development of a well-functioning market for elderly care services, where individuals can find services that meet their needs, preferences and resource constraints,” said Elena Glinskaya, World Bank Human Development Program Leader for China and leader of the project, "The project will enable the piloting of innovative approaches identified in our analytical work, which may allow China . . . . . read more

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