Rescue workers search for bodies as a stretcher is kept ready after an earthquake hit Nepal. (c) REUTERS/Navesh ChitrakaNepal earthquake

Older people among most vulnerable

The death toll of the Nepal earthquake which struck on 25 April has passed 5,000. 

Estimates indicate that 8 million people have been affected. Older people, who make up over 8% of the population are among the most vulnerable. 

Our initial focus will be the immediate needs of survivors including shelter, food and water.

Read more about the Nepal earthquake.

Read the blog from our staff on the ground.

Disaster Risk and Age Index interactive map

The Disaster Risk and Age Index ranks 190 countries based on the disaster risk faced by older people. This pilot index is based on the INFORM 2015 Index, a global, open-source risk assessment for humanitarian crises and disasters.
Use our interactive map to see how your country ranks.

Find out more about our Disaster Risk and Age Index

Working with older people: Practical guidelines

Download our practical guidelinesDo you work with older people in the developing world? Need practical information on how to tailor programmes to older people's needs?

We have new practical guidelines for programme managers and people working with older people, drawing on experience in the HelpAge network.

Please use the guidelines for your own work, training or as a basis for producing more detailed, locally relevant materials.

The guidelines cover topics including emergencies, HIV and AIDS, rights and advocacy and health and care.

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