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

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal on Saturday 25 April. This was followed by a strong aftershock on Sunday.

The death toll stands at around 4,000 and is still rising rapidly. Several thousand more are injured. Older people are among the most vulnerable. 

We are carrying out an urgent assessment of the situation to plan our response.

Read more about the Nepal earthquake.

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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