How we are supporting vulnerable Burundi refugees in Tanzania
In April 2015, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term in office. Protests erupted in the capital Bujumbura, ignited by those who questioned the legality of the move. The ruling party and its youth wing, the Imbonerakure, has attacked, tortured and killed opponents and perceived opponents, and extorted money from businesses and civilians, according to Human Rights Watch.
This political violence and abuse of human rights has forced some 406,000 Burundians to flee the country to neighbouring states, with more than half crossing the border to Tanzania.
Refugees settle in three overstretched camps in the north-west of the country on the Burundi border where they face poor, crowded conditions. The atmosphere remains calm in these settlements, but the continued persecution of those seen as opposed to the establishment in Burundi has ensured a continued flow of migrants into Tanzania.
Find out more about our work: www.helpage.org/burundirefugees
20 Jun 2017
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Description: The film was created by HelpAge International's Kyrgyzstan office to raise awareness of elder abuse and encourage victims or witnesses of domestic violence not to stay silent. If you know it's happening, report it.
20 Dec 2016
Description: HelpAge Mozambique created this animation to highlight older people's right to healthcare.
15 Dec 2016
Description: We asked older people around the world how ageism affects them. Hear their voices in this video for International Day of Older Persons 2016.
Tell us why you're taking a stand against ageism: www.helpage.org/idop
29 Sep 2016
Description: Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development, delivers a message to our HelpAge EU network event in the European Parliament to mark International Day of Older Persons 2016.
28 Sep 2016
Description: Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people, and turned the lives of countless other upside down.
Never again do we want a disaster to like this to impact communities as much as it did. We are working the the Coalition of Services of the Elderly to implement a disaster risk reduction programme that ensures early warning systems are in place and that older men and women know exactly what to do when a typhoon hits, as well as in its aftermath.
04 Jul 2016
Desmond Tutu delivers his message for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day about the discrimination, neglect, exploitation, violence and abuse of older people.
16 Jun 2016
Description: Before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, 65% of older people in the communities affected had an income. In its aftermath, these livelihoods were destroyed.
We are working the the Coalition of Services of the Elderly to help these older men and women get back on their feet through communal gardens where they can grow organic, fresh food to feed their families and take to market.
19 Apr 2016
Description: La comunidad familiar, científica, médica, social y del sector salud que están relacionadas con las personas que tienen Alzheimer y sus cuidadores, recurren a diversas estrategias y acciones para mejorar y optimizar la calidad de vida de las personas que padecen esta enfermedad. En ese sentido, la Asociación Familiar Alzheimer Colombia, en el marco del Proyecto de Salud Mental "No te Olvides de Mí", desarrolló el presente video para mostrar la cotidianidad, las dificultades, pero sobre todo los esfuerzos y los logros de cuatro familias que tienen un integrante con Alzheimer. Además, el video complementa la información con conceptos de expertos, médicos y especialistas.
08 Apr 2016
Description: In the Philippines we have teamed up with the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) to provide healthcare to older people who survived Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November 2013.
Of the older people who survived the disaster, 68% have seen their health suffer. Many of these men and women can't get to their health clinics due to physical or financial inability. Our solution is to get the medical care to them.
Our team of mobile nurses regularly visit older people in the communities on motorbikes, bringing them medicine, checking their vital signs and finding out if there is anything else they need from the local doctor.
We are now working with local authorities to ensure this programme can continue.
18 Nov 2015
Description: Conoce la historia de María Leonor y José Joaquin, un pareja de esposos de Bogotá, Colombia, que son un gran ejemplo de fuerza y fortaleza de cómo enfrentar los desafíos que conllevan las enfermedades de salud mental como el Alzheimer
El proyecto de salud mental denominado "No te olvides de mí", se desarrolló con el apoyo de nuestros aliados clave en Bolivia, Colombia y Perú, entre abril de 2013 y 2015, con el fin de mejorar la atención a las demencias en países andinos.
07 Nov 2015
Description: Sylvia Beales, Head of Strategic Alliances at HelpAge International, addresses the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015 on the opportunities and challenges that ageing presents the world.
Read a transcript of her speech here: http://bit.ly/1R8a4jD
29 Oct 2015