Age Demands Action on Health
(c) HelpAge International On World Health Day - 7 April - older people will once again stand up for the healthcare issues they believe in, such as the need for more age-friendly health services.
Age Demands Action on Health: Our impact
In 2014, over 20,000 campaigners across 40 countries raised awareness of their right to quality healthcare. They met senior politicians to discuss the health issues that affect them.
Check out our impact timeline to see how Age Demands Action campaigning continues to translate into real policy changes.
2015 campaigning activities: At a glance
This is a crucial year for development, as the Sustainable Development Goals, which include health, will be decided. It is a great opportunity to be heard, so we are continuing to voice our call for age-friendly health services. Find the facts about ageing and health in our handy infographic.
Campaigners will be demanding health services that are affordable and accessible for all. Tens of thousands of activists in over 35 countries will take part in a variety of events, such as:
Bangladesh: Older activists will be asking the government to implement Section 12 of the newly approved policy on access to healthcare, meeting the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. There will be street plays, rallies and health camps.
Kyrgyzstan: This year, older activists will call for more work to be done to develop geriatric medical services as well as the creation of a gerontology centre in Bishkek. Campaigners will take part in flash mobs in Bishkek Historical Museum, organise diabetes and hypertension screenings, and visit older patients who are blind or have diabetes.
Mozambique: Campaigners will be demanding that public hospitals provide free consultations, medication and access to older people, as stipulated in the law 3/2014. There will also be a community health fair and radio and TV debates across the country.
Slovenia: An awareness campaign will take place in Slovenia focusing on food safety. Older activists will meet the Minister of Health and Minister of Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
(c) Jamillah Mwanjisi/HelpAge International
You can help us spread the campaign message on 7 April by sharing this tweet:
World Health Day theme: Food safety
This year's World Health Day theme is food safety. A clean environment and food preparation adapted to older people's needs are paramount to good health.
Ill health and malnourishment can have a direct impact on all aspects of older people's lives, including their ability to earn a living or care for relatives.
As well as campaigning for age-friendly health services, we've asked older people to tell us about their food habits and hygiene.
On 7 April, follow the food safety discussions on Twitter using #safefood.