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31 Jul 2018 description

Whilst older people have special needs, they also have unique skills, experiences and roles within their families, communities and societies. These roles continue to a certain extent during droughts, though household burdens may increase as younger adults have migrated or are grazing livestock further away.

02 Feb 2018 description

The 30th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit holding on the theme: ‘Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’ ended on 29 January 2018, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with the adoption of key decisions by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

Among the deliberations that the Assembly agreed upon was the welcoming the signing of a peace pact on 21 December 2017 by the south Sudan warring parties.

20 Apr 2017 description

Lodwar/Nairobi April 19, 2017: HelpAge International has began providing assistance to vulnerable older people and their families most affected by the devastating drought in Kenya’s Turkana County.

Described as the worst in decades, assessments by HelpAge and its partners found that water purification and livestock feed are needed urgently, and HelpAge will be providing cash assistance to households that include older people.

07 Apr 2015 description

By Sophie Amos

Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.

“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.

22 Jan 2015 description

By Irene van Horrsen

HelpAge is starting a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response, as part of the innovative portfolio of projects supported by the DFID Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and with separate funding from the OFDA.

30 Apr 2013 description


Different people have distinct capacities, vulnerabilities and needs. Consequently, humanitarian crises affect different groups in different ways. It is crucial, therefore, that humanitarian programming is based on a clear understanding of the variant impacts of a crisis on the population. This study quantifies, by looking at funding as a proxy indicator, the degree to which the specific needs of two groups – older people and children under five – are reflected in humanitarian programming.

24 Oct 2011 description

By Judith Escribano

Countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have been affected by severe drought for many months.

So 100 days ago, in July 2011, our sister organisation Age UK and the UK-based Disasters Emergency Committee launched an appeal for the crisis. HelpAge receives money from these appeals to help older people affected.

In Ethiopia, we are providing food and cash to over 3,500 older people and their families (approximately 24,500 people) in Borana Zone and Dollo Ado.

26 Jul 2011 description

As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Horn of Africa, HelpAge International is highlighting the situation of older people affected by the disaster and asking the international humanitarian community not to overlook their needs.

21 Jul 2011 description

By Navdha Malhotra

Galgollo Guyo is 85 and cuts trees and sells firewood to earn money on the days he does not receive food rations.

He says: "When the market is good, I can sell firewood and get about 10 Birr. With 10 Birr, I am able to buy 1 kg of maize meal. This will last us for one day."

His family is surviving on one meal a day. "My wife prepares raw wheat boiled with water for our lunch and we drink tea at night."

03 Nov 2010 description

HelpAge International has released a conprehensive study reviewing humanitarian financing for older people in 12 humanitarian crisis since 2007, to ascertain levels of funding, which targets older people within the CAP and Flash Appeals.

16 Jan 2008 description

HelpAge International is working in partnership with Help the Aged (UK), HelpAge Kenya and the Kenya Red Cross Society to alleviate the plight of older people caught up in post-election violence in Kenya.

We have already distributed appropriate food to many hundreds of older people, and are working to ensure that other relief agencies and the authorities recognise and address the particular needs of older people in this emergency.

Currently, in and around the capital Nairobi, hundreds of older people are receiving emergency food because they have been displaced by the violence, or it …