Age International, a subsidiary of Age UK, has been pledged ½ million pounds from The Department for International Development (DFID) to help with providing aid to older people in the Philippines.
The money will go towards helping older people to recover from the destruction and devastation they are facing as a result of Typhoon Haiyan.
How many older people have been affected?
Of the 9.5 million people estimated to be affected by the Typhoon, 1.3 million are aged 50 or over. Among the displaced, 85,000 are over 50.
Source : Rob Mansfield
As the refugee crisis deepens in Syria, Age UK has seen first hand how older people are suffering more than most as they flee the war-torn country.
Our emergency field worker on the ground saw 1,000 people cross the border under cover of the night in just 3 hours, with another 800 due to arrive before dawn.
Speaking from the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, Amandine gave us this report:
Using DEC funds our member agencies have provided assistance to over 1.8million earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Age UK and our sister charity HelpAge International are helping 1,000 older people and their families affected by the recent flooding in Pakistan.
Since August, heavy monsoon rains have caused flash floods throughout Sindh and Punjab provinces, affecting 5 million people.
More than 230 people have been killed, 1.2 million houses have been destroyed or damaged and 4.5 million acres have been flooded since late last month.
A hidden tragedy is unfolding in many parts of East Africa as many thousands of older people are unable to travel to refugee camps for help, Age UK and HelpAge International are warning.
The region is in the grip of a drought and resulting severe food crisis that have forced many working age adults from the countryside to displaced camps to find food or to the cities in a desperate search for work.
Sri Lanka is experiencing its heaviest rains in 30 years, with over one million people affected.
The death toll currently stands at 27 but continues to rise daily.
None of the United Nations projects aimed at older people have been funded to date.
Despite being identified as the most vulnerable group in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, one year on, older people continue to be forgotten by international donors. This is according to a report by Age UK's international partner organisation, HelpAge International
Out of 321 projects included for funding in the United Nations Flash Appeals for Haiti, 5% of projects refer to older people's needs.
Three months after floods began in Pakistan the DEC is extremely concerned that 99 cases of cholera from across the flood-affected areas of the country have now been publically confirmed for the first time.
The World Health Organisation announced this week (26.10.10) that it was informed by the Pakistan Ministry of Health on 12 October that laboratory tests had shown there were people affected by the disease in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.
Severe diarrhoea has for some time been the most common health problem facing the more than 20 million people affected by the …
The number of people who have died in the monsoon floods has now risen to 1,600 and estimates of those affected stand at almost 14 million.
Despite mass evacuations, there are fears the death toll will rise as flooding reaches the southern province of Sindh and the risk of water-borne disease outbreaks increases in many areas.
Age UK, in partnership with sister organisation opens link in new window HelpAge, is currently responding to the emergency alongside medical aid agency Merlin.
Asma Akbar, Programme Manager for HelpAge in Pakistan:
"We know that older people make up …
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.