HelpAge International (HelpAge) is a global network of non-governmental organisations that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives.
Responses to political and natural emergencies are managed either through the local office supported by the Humanitarian Team (HuT) or by HuT directly (the first applies in this case). These may be both “rapid onset” and long term. HelpAge International participates in most UK Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) responses to major emergencies through the membership of Age International.
Ethiopia has been enduring its worst drought in decades. The adverse weather conditions brought about by El Niño has led to two consecutive rainy seasons failing.
Harvests have yielded little and water sources dried up. Subsequent food shortages are putting millions of Ethiopians at risk of malnutrition, while poor access to water is leading to hygiene and sanitation issues - a grave threat to public health.
Older people's needs
Humanitarian aid must overcome its blind spot on ageing, says HelpAge International
HelpAge International is calling for a more targeted humanitarian response for older people in conflicts and emergencies, after finding that less than one percent of recent humanitarian financing goes towards older people.
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in Istanbul in May 2016, provides a chance to honour that pledge and lay the foundations for a reformed humanitarian system – one that puts people at the centre of disaster response, builds resilience to crises with people affected and really does ensure that no one is left behind.
By Ben Small
At 11.56am local time, one year ago on Monday, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Nearly 9,000 people were killed by the tremors, with more than 22,000 left injured. Whole villages were flattened and some 605,000 homes were left destroyed.
As is the case in most humanitarian disasters, older people were disproportionately affected. Despite making up just 8.1% of the population, individuals aged over 60 comprised 28.9% of those killed as a result of the earthquake, according to Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
De acuerdo al VIDECI (Viceministerio de Defensa Civil) 72.511 familias han sido afectadas y 20 fallecidos hasta la fecha por: granizadas (13.413), heladas (12.840), riadas (6.908), desborde (8.011), lluvias fuertes (502), deslizamiento (121), sequia (30.439), vientos fuertes (182) y tormenta eléctrica (95) desde noviembre de 2015i .
72.505 Has. de diferentes cultivos afectados en el Altiplano y los Valles, con mayor afectación a la agricultura campesina. 50.443 cabezas de ganado afectados.
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