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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.

23 Aug 2011 description

HelpAge International is helping 1,000 older people and their families affected by this month's flooding in Pakistan.

On 9 August, three days of heavy monsoon rains caused flash floods throughout Sindh and Punjab provinces - affecting 1 million people.

HelpAge International is now distributing 1,000 food and hygiene kits and portable drinking water to vulnerable older people and their families in Badin district in Sindh province.

25 Jan 2011 description

By Rosaleen Cunningham

The monsoon rains which began to hit Pakistan in late July 2010 were the worst in 80 years.

They caused immediate flash flooding in the mountains in the north-west and within days floodwaters streamed southwards.

The vast scale of the Pakistan floods means that today, six months on, millions of people remain in need of the most basic aid.

Around 20 million people were affected including 12 million people who had their homes damaged or completely destroyed.

Asma Akbar, HelpAge's Country Programme Manager in Pakistan, said: "Many people have …

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.

20 Oct 2010 description

HelpAge International is currently distributing 3,500 cold weather kits in Pakistan to help older people this winter.

The kits contain blankets, shawls and other woollen clothing for older people in Nowshera, an area affected by this year's catastrophic flooding.

Temperatures are already dropping in the country and the coldest months will be December and January when the mercury will plummet to well below freezing.

But although the kits will help meet a basic need, shelter from the harsh weather is the next priority - as older people are particularly vulnerable to the cold.

27 Aug 2010 description

More than 3,400 older people affected by the Pakistan floods have received medical help from HelpAge International.

Specialist HelpAge staff have provided consultations, medication and counselling to older patients, at clinics run by medical charity Merlin, a long-term HelpAge partner.

We have also given out 1,600 personal kits to older people.

20 Aug 2010 description

More than 2,700 older people affected by the Pakistan floods have received medical help from HelpAge International.

Specialist HelpAge staff have provided consultations, medication and counselling to older patients, at clinics run by medical charity Merlin, a long-term HelpAge partner.

We have also given out 835 personal kits to older people.

03 Aug 2010 description

Source : Age UK / Help Age International

Age UK, along with sister organisation HelpAge International, is planning to respond to the worst floods in Pakistan in 80 years in partnership with medical aid agency Merlin.

At least 1,100 people have died in the monsoon floods and, according to Unicef, at least 3 million people have been affected, of which 150,000 are likely to be older people.

Many people are having to shelter on the roofs of their houses, and in trees.

06 Oct 2006 description

On 8 October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck the regions of Kashmir and North West Frontier Province.

In India-administered Kashmir, HelpAge India responded immediately by providing emergency medical assistance.

In Pakistan-administered Kashmir, HelpAge International and British relief agency Merlin are now running a healthcare and counselling programme in camps for earthquake survivors in one of the worst hit areas of Muzaffarabad.

One year on, Asma Akbar, HelpAge International's Public Health trainer in Muzaffarabad, reports from the …

11 Oct 2005 description

At least 23,000 people have been killed in the massive earthquake that struck close to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on the morning of Saturday 8 October. Tremors were felt as far afield as Kabul and Delhi, but the main affected areas have been Kashmir and Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province.