In 2010, we opened our first regional office in Bangladesh, enabling us to step up our drive for better healthcare for older people.
Always working closely with local partners, we campaign to increase the Old Age Allowance - and to ensure everyone eligible for the award is getting it.
Last year, floods created an emergency response in which we distributed household items and provided medical services in eastern Batticaloa and Ampara districts, where more than 90,000 people were displaced after the heaviest rains in 30 years. We provided healthcare and necessary items to thousands of older people and their families.
The difference we made in 2010-11
- 2,700 older people benefited from emergency response and recovery programs.
- We worked with more than 11,400 older people through 643 older people's associations to improve their access to income generation and livelihood services.
- Over 5,700 older people were supported to claim existing entitlements (through documentation, legal support, registration in programs, etc).
- We worked with more than 25,000 older people to improve their access to health and financial services.
The difference we made in recent years
- We have helped set up 287 new older people's associations - vital support networks for their members.
- We have trained more than 800 older people and other volunteers to prepare for disasters - remembering older people's specific needs in their plans.
We are aiming to continue our existing program of work including:
- Continuing our existing work with more than 20,000 older people through 507 older people's associations in accessing their rights to secure incomes.
- Support 27,000 older people to access to financial and health services.
- Lobbying to ensure the National Policy of Aging becomes effective and is implemented.
- Expanding our disaster risk reduction program to 18 new regions.