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30 Apr 2013 description

Introduction

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."