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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.

06 May 2014 description

Typhoon Haiyan, six months on: HelpAge and partners help 140,000 people

By Carolyn Canham

HelpAge International and our partner in the Philippines, the Coalition of Services of the Elderly, have helped more than 140,000 people in the six months since Haiyan struck the Philippines on 8 November 2014.

How we've helped

In the last six months, we have delivered:

  • emergency food packages to almost 8,000 households in hard-to-reach communities

27 Mar 2014 description

When Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines in November 2013, many older people were traumatised by the loss of family members, destruction of houses and treasured possessions, loss of livelihoods, hunger, cold and fear of death.

Recognising their pressing need for emotional support, the Emergency Response Team from HelpAge International, the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE) and the Confederation of Older People's Associations of the Philippines (COPAP) met to discuss how they could provide this, focusing on the province of Leyte.

14 Jan 2014 description

Typhoon Haiyan not only left millions of people displaced, it also destroyed the livelihoods of the poorest in the agriculture sector.

52% of small scale farmers in the Philippines are older and in many rural areas over half are also living in poverty. One of the typhoon's biggest impacts has been on the coconut industry. More than 15 million trees were destroyed, which wiped out the livelihoods of thousands of coconut farmers.

10 Dec 2013 description

By Attila Kulcsar

HelpAge and its local partner in the Philippines, Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), have now distributed food aid to more than 40,000 of the most vulnerable people in 30 hard hit communities in the area around Ormoc City on Leyte Island.

A combination of poverty and lack of family support makes older people particularly vulnerable in crises and poses enormous challenges for meeting their basic needs.

05 Dec 2013 description

By Attila Kulcsar

HelpAge’s analysis of the latest data from the Philippines suggests that almost two fifths of people killed by Typhoon Haiyan were over the age of 60 – despite the fact that this age group makes up only 8% of the general population in the worst affected areas.

As with previous natural disasters, the data suggests older people have been disproportionately affected. According to the latest information from

05 Dec 2013 description

Introduction

Typhoon Haiyan not only left millions of people displaced, it also struck into the livelihood of the poorest in the agriculture sector in the country and they would need as much assistance to be able to recover their livelihoods back fast.

Initial reports from the Philippine Coconut Authority suggests that more than 33 million trees in the seven provinces (Quezon, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Eastern Samar and Leyte) along the path of Yolanda were damaged in varying degrees.

03 Dec 2013 description

By Attila Kulcsar

HelpAge and its local partner in the Philippines, Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE), have now distributed food aid to more than 39,500 of the most vulnerable people in 28 hard hit communities in the area around Ormoc City on Leyte Island.

A combination of poverty and lack of family support makes older people particularly vulnerable in crises and poses enormous challenges for meeting their basic needs.

25 Nov 2013 description

By Attila Kulcsar

In the two weeks since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, HelpAge International and our partner the Coalition of Services for the Elderly (COSE) have distributed aid to 20,000 of the most vulnerable people in the area around Ormoc City on Leyte Island. With the help of young volunteers, our team reached communities who had received no assistance until our arrival.

18 Nov 2013 description

By Attila Kulcsar

Nine days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, food and supplies are now beginning to reach survivors – hundreds of thousands of whom are displaced or without food, water or electricity.

With 11 million affected people, the biggest obstacle to delivering aid is blocked roads, which are narrow, strewn with heavy debris and in many cases impassable by vehicles. Many aid workers have carried out assessments on foot, walking for hours across rough terrain.

14 Nov 2013 description

By Bharat Azad

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a group of 14 UK aid organisations has today said that lifesaving aid is on its way to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan; despite obstacles including impassable roads, closed ports and increasing security concerns. Water, food and emergency shelter remain the top priority.

With 11 million affected people, the biggest obstacle is blocked roads, which are narrow, strewn with heavy debris and in many cases impassable by vehicles. Many aid workers are carrying out assessments on foot, walking for hours across rough terrain.