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12 Dec 2018 description

Older people denied right to health and at risk of being left behind in global push towards Universal Health Coverage – new report

29 Apr 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services, American Refugee Committee International, Africare, United Nations Population Fund, UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Volunteers, Italian Red Cross, UNOPS, Tearfund, UN Observer Mission in Georgia, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, CARE, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Caritas, Pact, UN Department of Political Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Food Programme, UN Human Settlements Program, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Médecins du Monde, Lutheran World Relief, International Rescue Committee, Operation USA, International Medical Corps, Relief International, UN Mission in Sudan, UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Refugees International, UN Department of Safety and Security, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Action by Churches Together International, HelpAge International, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, Women's Refugee Commission, ChildFund International, UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Renew, Monaco Red Cross, UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.

We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.

27 Apr 2018 description

Executive summary

Up to 14 million older people with disabilities may be affected by humanitarian disasters. These people are among those most at risk, yet little is known about their particular experiences. Their rights and needs are widely overlooked in humanitarian response.

15 Mar 2018 description

By Ben Small

The United Nations has introduced a new mechanism to address the significant gaps in national and international statistics on ageing, paving the way for better disaggregated data that covers critical areas of older people's lives.

Announced last week at the United Nations Statistical Commission meeting in New York with strong support from member states in every region, the agreement established the Titchfield City Group on Ageing and Age-disaggregated Data.

23 Feb 2018 description

This edition of the inclusion of age & disability in humanitarian action training course was jointly developed by the Age and Disability consortium, a group of seven agencies working to promote age and disability inclusive humanitarian assistance: CBM, DisasterReady.org, Handicap International, HelpAge International, IFRC, Oxford Brookes University and RedR UK.

08 Feb 2018 description


Globally, around 15 per cent of the population are living with some kind of disability. An estimated 13 per cent of people worldwide are over the age of 60. More than 46 per cent of those who are over the age of 60 have a disability.

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.

29 Jan 2018 description

HelpAge International and 55 of its global network members and partners across Africa are urging African leaders to speed up the ratification of a key protocol on older people's rights when they meet at the African Union in Addis Ababa this week.

The organisations have urged heads of government to follow up the agreement of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Older Persons with the development of plans and strategies to implement the protocol at all levels of African society.

29 Mar 2017 description

Older people in Africa are involved in all aspects of the migration chain: they are voluntary or forced migrants themselves, they shape the migration experience of others by funding youth migration and being involved in the decision-making process, they also benefit from remittances. Yet, they remain invisible in migration policy, as well as aid and development planning. This briefing tells the untold story of older people in the migration ecosystem in Africa.

23 Jun 2016 description

Older people are among those worst affected by disasters and more must be done to protect them, according to HelpAge International.

“Older people are often more vulnerable to disasters”, said Clare Harris, Senior Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Adviser at HelpAge International. “As the world’s population grows older, an age-sensitive response to disasters and climate change is becoming increasingly vital”.

15 Jun 2016 description

Older people are campaigning for the right to be free from violence and abuse under international law on this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. (Wednesday 15 June)

Studies show instances of elder abuse are widespread. In Tanzania, the Legal and Human Rights Centre reported that 630 older people had been murdered in 2012; a year later, this number had risen to 765. Family members carried out many of the killings, accusing older women of witchcraft and stealing their property, land and assets.

31 May 2016 description

HelpAge International has welcomed the WHO’s new action plan on ageing and health, calling on countries to promote healthy lives for older people.

The Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health, endorsed by UN Member States at the World Health Assembly in Geneva last week, outlines the actions needed to ensure people everywhere can live long and healthy lives.

17 May 2016 description

Humanitarian aid must overcome its blind spot on ageing, says HelpAge International

HelpAge International is calling for a more targeted humanitarian response for older people in conflicts and emergencies, after finding that less than one percent of recent humanitarian financing goes towards older people.

10 May 2016 description

Executive summary

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in Istanbul in May 2016, provides a chance to honour that pledge and lay the foundations for a reformed humanitarian system – one that puts people at the centre of disaster response, builds resilience to crises with people affected and really does ensure that no one is left behind.

21 Mar 2016 description

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[1].

16 Mar 2016 description

Lack of data renders older women invisible in the face of violence and discrimination, says HelpAge International.

HelpAge International is calling for more to be done to end violence and abuse against older women, saying that a lack of data is leaving them at risk.

11 Feb 2016 description

The UN Secretary General is to be commended for recognising older people’s needs in humanitarian responses but more needs to be done, says HelpAge International.

“The rise of ageing populations and its consequences for humanitarian work have not been adequately considered in the Secretary General’s report for the World Humanitarian Summit,” said Marcus Skinner, humanitarian policy advisor with HelpAge International.

22 Jan 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Friday 22nd January 2016: HelpAge International is urging African Union member states to protect the rights of older women across the continent as they meet at the 26th Africa Union Summit. (21-31 January) The summit marks the start of the African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the rights of women.

“The focus on women’s rights is a huge step forward for gender equality across Africa,” said Dr Prafula Mishra, Regional Director at HelpAge International, welcoming the focus on women’s human rights by the AU.

23 Dec 2015 description

Leading aid agencies have written to the UN humanitarian chief, criticising the omission of marginalised groups from the preparatory statement for the World Humanitarian Summit next year.

The agencies, including Oxfam International, Save the Children, Christian Aid, HelpAge International, Action Against Hunger, CBM, Islamic Relief and Plan International, were among 23,000 people who shared their views in a two-year worldwide consultation with those affected by humanitarian crises, such as humanitarian organisations, civil society, governments, the private sector and others.