Ra'ana Mahmood

Ashoka Fellow
Pakistan,
Fellow Since 2004

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ra'ana Mahmood was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Ra’ana administers a host of programs ranging from medical care to advocacy for economic and social rights to address the needs of Pakistan’s elderly population. On the level of direct care, she runs a center for the elderly, providing medical and socio-legal assistance to help senior citizens overcome the many hardships they face. She brings the Pakistan Medical Association and Pakistani government together to create geriatric medical services in public health care facilities across the country, and helps to introduce geriatrics courses into the curricula of Pakistani medical schools.

On the level of policy, Ra’ana works with the federal government to defend the rights of senior citizens and to develop fair and effective policies in the areas of social work, employment, pensions, and public infrastructure for elderly care. She uses radio and print media to increase public awareness of issues affecting senior citizens and to keep her clients and their families informed on advances in methods of care. While various groups have attempted to address individual problems faced by the elderly, her Geriatric Care Foundation is the first in the country to advance the needs and interests of senior citizens through such a comprehensive set of programs and is respected for its pioneering work.

Ra’ana also benefits greatly from the latest in the related domains in advanced countries and translates those experiences toward her country through a calculated application. Her organization has also been accorded consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a rare recognition.
The Problem
The Strategy

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