- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Inadequacy of healthcare in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe revealed in new HelpAge report
By Ben Small
The provision of and older people's access to health services across Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe is wholly inadequate, a new report from HelpAge International and Age International has found.
On the eve of human rights day in South Africa (Monday 21 March), HelpAge International has welcomed the adoption of a protocol on older people’s rights across Africa.
The African Union protocol covers a range of rights including access to health services, freedom from discrimination and the right to employment, social protection and education, providing a framework for governments to protect these rights.
There are 66.5 million people aged 60 and over in Africa, predicted to reach 105 million by 2030.
Addis Ababa, 10 September 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have urged African Union Member States to develop and implement policies that protect the rights of older people in Africa. This was during a roundtable meeting on the Role of older persons in achieving Africa's agenda 2063 which took place today 10 September 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the members of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) and other key stakeholders.
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.
05 February 2013
By Sarah Marzouk
Heavy rains which hit southern and central Mozambique in January have affected over 150,000 people, flooding farmland and pastures, damaging houses, roads, drainage systems and electricity supplies. Five major rivers in the region, including the Zambeze and Limpopo remain above their alert levels and heavy rain continues to fall.
At least 56,000 people have so far been affected by severe flooding in Mozambique.
Living Together is a community-based programme in Tete province, Mozambique that supports the rising numbers of older people who are bringing up orphans. It helps them to make ends meet and send the children to school. HelpAge International has developed this two-year programme with UNICEF.
Food shortages, chronic poverty and HIV/AIDS are expected to leave 14 million people in southern Africa facing hunger early next year.
In a village by the Shire river in Malawi's southern district of Chikwawa, an older woman looks despairingly at her two fields, one of rice and one of maize, wilted and dried in the sun.
Eight months after Cyclone Eline devastated Mozambique with its worst floods in living memory, water is still very much on people's minds. The horror of swirling muddy water haunts 76-year-old Rosalina Manique daily. In her recurring nightmares she sees children falling from their parents' arms into the water below, their heads bobbing then disappearing. From her tree top branch she is shouting at the deafening whirring helicopter but it passes overhead, too full to stop.