As aftershocks hit Haiti once more, aid agencies are working round the clock to meet the needs of the Haitian people.
Urgently needed assistance is reaching older people affected by the massive earthquake in Haiti. A week after the devastating damage to Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, survivors were still being found, including one older woman who had been trapped in the rubble of a church. As part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Age Concern and Help the Aged are working with other agencies to raise funds and coordinate emergency efforts.
Haiti's worst earthquake for two centuries has devastated one of the world's poorest countries.
Monsoon season has just begun in Java and earthquake survivors are at the mercy of torrential rain and high winds. The needs of older people in affected communities remain overwhelming. Help the Aged and other aid organisations are tackling the vast challenge of helping this traumatised community get back on its feet.
On 27 May 2006, a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java just before 6am local time. The epicentre was in the Indian Ocean and resulted in widespread damage in and around Yogyakarta.
The Help the Aged Mobile Medicare Unit (MMU) has now treated over 300 earthquake victims in Jammu. Help the Aged is providing this relief through its partners HelpAge International and HelpAge India.
The MMU provides access to medical teams, medicines, food, clothing and other basic essentials to meet the immediate priorities of those affected by the earthquake, treating injuries and exposure to the cold, and providing food, water and shelter.
The unit has visited the villages of Ishim, Salamabad, Dardkote, and Urasa in Uri.
Help the Aged, through its partners HelpAge International and HelpAge India, responded to the earthquake in Kashmir on Saturday 8 October soon after it struck, providing medical help and other basic essentials.
'We shiver even at the thought of going inside the house. We feel it might fall down.
Help the Aged and its partner HelpAge International reports on its work in the tsunami-affected areas of Mantara, Batticaloa, Ampara in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu, Kerala in India.
The tsunami has left many older people without their adult children, the very people they traditionally rely on for support. Even where the adult children have survived they will not necessarily be able to support themselves or older family members, as their livelihoods have been destroyed.
The Tsunami Earthquake Appeal fund, which closes today on the two-month anniversary of the disaster, has raised an unprecedented =A3300 million, says the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Following the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day, Help the Aged international partner NGOs have been formulating plans for long-term rehabilitation.
HelpAge India and HelpAge Sri Lanka were key in ensuring that the needs of older survivors have not been neglected.
As relief operations in communities devastated by the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami continue, charities are planning for the future.
In India, where 14,500 people died, HelpAge India is supporting trauma counselling and practical efforts to replace the boats and fishing gear needed by the survivors if they are to begin fishing again for their livelihood.
As the first step, HelpAge India is aiming to provide immediate relief to 6,000 affected families and is raising funds to support this initiative.
The tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean has left many older survivors without children or relatives. In some cases, older people have been left to support young children orphaned by the disaster.
Latest reports from India and Sri Lanka show that aid is continuing to reach the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day.
Relief teams from HelpAge India are distributing aid to victims of the earthquake tsunami that hit on December 26.
More than 124,000 people are now confirmed dead in the disaster that hit the Indian Ocean, 12,000 of them in India. Thousands more are still missing.
The HelpAge teams in India have:
- Distributed 2,000 food packets in four
relief camps in Kerala;
- A team of 50 are out in the field assessing
the needs of older people;
Relief teams and supplies are now arriving to help the millions at risk from hunger and disease, five days after the earthquake in the Indian Ocean, but have yet to reach the hardest hit and remote areas.
The joint Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal has raised =A320 million for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Sudan, but older people in Darfur are being excluded from the aid response, according to Help the Aged and its overseas partner HelpAge International.