Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

[pib] Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI)

Mains level : India's age-old population

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare has released INDIA REPORT on Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI) Wave-1.

Discuss various issues pertaining to old-age care in India.

Longitudinal Ageing Study of India (LASI)

  • LASI is a full–scale national survey of scientific investigation of the health, economic, and social determinants and consequences of population ageing in India.
  • The LASI, Wave 1 covered a baseline sample of 72,250 individuals aged 45 and above till the oldest-old persons aged 75 and above from all States and UTs of India (excluding Sikkim).
  • It is India’s first and the world’s largest ever survey that provides a longitudinal database for designing policies and programmes for the older population in the broad domains of social, health, and economic well-being.
  • The evidence from LASI will be used to further strengthen and broaden the scope of National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly.
  • It would also help in establishing a range of preventive and health care programmes for older population and most vulnerable among them.

Why need such survey?

  • In 2011 census, the 60+ population accounted for 8.6% of India’s population, accounting for 103 million elderly people.
  • Growing at around 3% annually, the number of elderly age population will rise to 319 million in 2050.
  • 75% of the elderly people suffer from one or the other chronic disease.
  • 40% of the elderly people have one or the other disability and 20% have issues related to mental health.
  • This report will provide base for national and state level programmes and policies for elderly population.
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